Title: Sensitivity study on Xe depletion in the high burn-up structure of UO2
Citation: JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS vol. 452 p. 166-172
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC86036
ISSN: 0022-3115
URI: www.elsevier.com/locate/jnucmat
DOI: 10.1016/j.jnucmat.2014.05.009
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Experimental results for the Xe depletion in high burn-up fuel are presented from the High Burnup Rim Project (HBRP). In this project a number of UO2 fuel discs with 235U enrichment of 25.8 wt% were irradiated. The Xe content of the fuel discs was analysed by means of electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) with respect to burn-up and temperature. The influence of the burn-up and temperature on Xe concentration was investigated using a multi-physics approach involving various simulation tools. The temperature influence was modelled by the means of the temperature dependent effective burn-up. Good agreement was found between the modelled temperature threshold of the effective burn-up and the experimental temperature threshold between un- and restructured fuel in the HBRP. However, a systematic difference is observed between the onset burn-up derived from the Xe measurements in highly enriched discs such as those of HBRP and the corresponding values derived from irradiated Light Water Reactor (LWR) fuel rods and reported in the open literature. A sensitivity study identified the neutron flux spectrum and the fission product yields as main reasons for the observed differences.
JRC Directorate:Nuclear Safety and Security

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