Pore pressure estimation in irradiated UMo

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Image analysis was performed on SEM micrographs of recently irradiated UMo dispersion fuel plates. Detailed information on the fission gas inter-granular bubbles accompanying recrystallization, including average diameter, density and size distribution were extracted and compared with previous results on UMo and UO2. A pore density drop was notice at high fission densities and attributed mainly to a pore coarsening dominated by irradiation induced phenomena. Based on the image analysis data and theoretical considerations, a model was developed to estimate the pressure inside the pores as a function of fission density, temperature and pore radius. The developed pressure can give indications of the mechanical stability of the fuel towards the progressive building-up of fission gases. Finally, the proposed methodology was applied to the nanobubble lattice decorating the fuel grains at low fission densities in order to infer the physical state of the contained fission gases. The estimated values suggest the presence of solid xenon precipitates.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)472-483
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
StatePublished - 22 Aug 2018

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