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During dry air storage, the oxidation of the spent fuel in case of cladding and container failure (accidental scenario) could be detrimental for further handling of the spent fuel rod and for the safety of the facilities. Recently, the phase transition sequence during the first step of parabolic oxidation kinetic has been challenged again and two well-distinguished intermediate products, U(4)O(9) and U(3)O(7) have been identified. Moreover, these observations have shown that the three phases (UO(2), U(4)O(9) and U(3)O(7)) occur together. Starting from a previous model of grain oxidation based on finite difference approach, a new model, describing the parabolic oxidation kinetic, has been developed based on the oxygen atom diffusion. This model allows in one hand to take into account the occurrence of the three phases and in another hand to describe accurately the plateau behaviour. A comparison between the model and literature data obtained on non-irradiated powders has been carried out and shows that this model can describe the weight gain evolution as a function of time for different temperatures. The diffusion coefficients of oxygen in the two phases (U(4)O(9) and U(3)O(7)) were obtained by fitting the model results to experimental data. The comparison with the values given in literature is quite good.

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Authors: POULESQUEN A, CEA-Saclay, Nuclear Energy Division, Gif Sur Yvette (FR);FERRY C, CEA-Saclay, Nuclear Energy Division, Gif Sur Yvette (FR);DESGRANGES L, Département de Recherches sur la Fusion Contrôlée, Association Euratom-CEA sur la Fusion, CEA Cadarache, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Journal of Nuclear Materials (2007), online edition
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Record Number: 200718984 / Last updated on: 2007-03-26
Original language: en
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