LMFBR FUEL IRRADIATION EXPERIMENTS IN THE HIGH FLUX REACTOR, PETTEN (CEC. NL)
The Joint Research Centre Petten Establishment of the Commission of the European Communities has carried out and continues to conduct a wide variety of irradiation experiments to study the performance behaviour of Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor (LMFBR) fuel pins. The majority of the experiments are transient tests on mixed oxide or carbide fuels, which are mainly sponsored by Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe (KfK) in support of the SNR 300 fast breeder reactor project. Other experiments sponsored by JRC Karlsruhe, study fundamental fuel pin behaviour. An overview of the LMFBR fuel irradiation tests experienced in the High Flux Reactor (HFR) at Petten, is presented here. In particular, the in-core experiments POTOM (power to melt) and RELIEF (measurement of axial fuel - cladding displacement) are discussed in more detail. The paper gives further a brief description of the HFR, including the Pool Side Facility (PSF) located outside the reactor vessel, where transient experiments may be easily performed. Steady state tests are carried out in-core, where a straight access design permits the use of re-usable carriers for the experiments and provides the ability to irradiate experiments in various core positions with an accompanying variety of nuclear conditions.
Bibliographic Reference: FOURTH INTERNATIONAL ENS-ANS CONFERENCE, GENEVE (SWITZERLAND), JUNE 1-6, 1986. WRITE TO CEC LUXEMBOURG, DG XIII/A2, POB 1907 MENTIONING PAPER E 32634 ORA
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Record Number: 1989124128000 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
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