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For a number of years a programme has been conducted on hot-cells at the Institute of Transuranium Elements in co-operation with industry, in order to characterize the structural changes and the thermal-mechanical behaviour of pressurized water reactor (PWR)-fuels irradiated to high burnups. The data acquired up to now shows that the structural changes occurring principally at the pellet-periphery (rim-zone) do not impair but improve the mechanical properties of the fuel, with predicted enhanced behaviour under pellet-cladding interaction conditions.

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Authors: SPINO J, JRC Karlsruhe (DE);COQUERELLE M, JRC Karlsruhe (DE);STALIOS A D, JRC Karlsruhe (DE);BARON D, Electricité de France, Direction des Etudes et Recherches, Moret Sur Loing (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Journal of Nuclear Materials
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