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Materials research on inert matrices for U-free fuels has been extensively performed at the Institute for Transuranium Elements for more than five years. Relevant experience on MgO based ceramic fuel, fabrication and irradiation of annular cercer and cermet fuel and of ThO(2) based fuel exists for about 30 years in ITU. The criteria for selecting inert matrices for Am-transmutation , their fabrication - with and without Am - and typical results on property measurements are discussed, with emphasis on radiation damage formation and damage effects.

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Authors: MATZKE H J, ITU Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe (DE);RONDINELLA V V, ITU Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe (DE);WISS T, ITU Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Inert Matrix Fuel Workshop, Villigen (DE), October 19-20th, 1998
Availability: Available from DG XIII as Paper EN 42067 ORA
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