Title: Spark Plasma Sintering for Transuranic Elements
Other Contributors: COLOGNA MARCO
Publisher: The American Ceramic Society
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC92237
URI: www.ceramics.org
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) is an emerging technique that enables the synthesis samples with unique properties. Its application to the nuclear fuel synthesis has not been explored extensively. Many questions remain unanswered and the behaviour of actinides under field assisted sintering condition needs to be assessed. Very recently JRC-ITU integrated a first of a kind SPS in a glovebox, which is fully equipped for work with transuranic elements. With this new and unique equipment, a series of samples are being synthesized and a throughout characterisation is being conducted. We will present the first results on the nuclearisation of the equipment, the sintering of UO2 and ThO2 along with corresponding characterization and will provide an outlook of the future developments with a focus on materials for safe operations of nuclear fuels.
JRC Directorate:Nuclear Safety and Security

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