Title: Simple physics-based modelling of fission gas swelling and release in UO2 applied to integral fuel rod analysis
Citation: NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND DESIGN vol. 256 p. 75-86
Publication Year: 2013
JRC N°: JRC70836
ISSN: 0029-5493
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0029549312005754
DOI: 10.1016/j.nucengdes.2012.12.002
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: An integrated model is developed for analysing the coupled and stress-dependent phenomena of fission gas swelling and release in UO2 fuel during irradiation. The model practically combines a physics-based treatment and a level of simplicity consistent with the uncertainties and the computational efficiency requirements pertaining to integral fuel rod thermal-mechanical analysis. The emphasis is on the modelling of the grain-face gas bubble development and its dependence on the local hydrostatic stress, which is of special importance for the analysis of the fuel behaviour during power ramps and pellet-cladding mechanical interaction conditions. The applicability of the new model to integral fuel rod analysis is verified through implementation and testing in the TRANSURANUS fuel rod analysis code. In the frame of the IAEA co-ordinated research project on Fuel Modelling at Extended Burn-up FUMEX-III, the model is employed for the simulation of irradiation experiments from the OECD/NEA International Fuel Performance Experiments database, showing a physically sound representation of the relevant phenomena. The comparison of the results with the available experimental data of fission gas swelling and release at moderate burn-up is presented as a first step of validation, pointing out an encouraging predictive accuracy for different irradiation conditions, without applying any fitting to the model parameters.
JRC Directorate:Nuclear Safety and Security

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