IRRADIATION TESTING OF FUEL ELEMENTS FOR DIFFERENT NUCLEAR REACTOR LINES AT THE HFR PETTEN. OBJECTIVES, METHODS, RESULTS
Irradiation testing is an essential section in nuclear fuel R&D. Today both power and test reactor facilities are used to this end. In broad terms, power and prototype reactor tests examine the overall behaviour of fuel elements whereas test reactor irradiations focus on the underlying single phenomena. The high flux materials testing reactor HFR Petten has been used for many years for the irradiation of fuel and fuel elements for different reactor lines. Presently the following average experimental programme is handled every year: 1) 30 light water reactor (LWR) fuel pins 2) 10 fast breeder (LMFBR) fuel pins 3) two fuel elements for the high temperature gas cooled reactor (HTR). Major test objectives are : 1) the resistance to power transients of pre- irradiated LWR fuel pins 2) the behaviour of virgin and of pre-irradiated LMFBR fuel pins under various transients and off-normal conditions 3) the release of gaseous fission products from HTR fuel. The paper outlines the ongoing test programme, describes the different experimental facilities, and summarizes some of the results obtained.
Bibliographic Reference: KTG-FACHTAGG. "BRENNELEMENTE", KARLSRUHE (GERMANY), NOV. 28-29, 1985 WRITE TO CEC LUXEMBOURG, DG XIII/A2, POB 1907 MENTIONING PAPER E 32461 ORA
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Record Number: 1989124052100 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
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