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Study on high-performance fuel cladding materials; Joint research report in FY 2001-2005 (Phase 2) (Joint research)

Kiuchi, Kiyoshi; Ioka, Ikuo; Tanabe, Makoto*; Nanjo, Yoshiyasu*; Ogawa, Hiroaki; Ishijima, Yasuhiro; Tsukatani, Ichiro; Ochiai, Takamasa; Kizaki, Minoru; Kato, Yoshiaki; Obata, Hiroyuki*; Fujimura, Ken*

The research concerning new cladding materials for ultra-high burnup of fuel elements with MOX fuels aiming at 100 GWd/t of BWR was pursued for 5 years from 2001 to 2005. On the Phase 1, the modified stainless steel of Fe-25Cr-35Ni-0.2Ti as fuel claddings and Nb-Mo alloy as a liner for inhibiting the pellet- clad interaction were selected as candidate materials, by evaluating fundamental properties required to BWR cladding materials, that are the nuclear economy, radioactivity, mass-transfer, irradiation properties, mechanical properties so on. On the present study, the making process of cladding tubes, lining by diffusion bonding, end plug by laser welding were developed and optimized, by considering the practical use of fuel elements consists of these candidates. The practical applicability was basically examined by irradiation tests using the accelerator of TIARA and the research reactor of JRR-3, for mainly confirming the resistance to IGSCC as one of the current important issues of BWR core materials of low carbon grade stainless steels. Creep and fatigue testing data were also obtained for evaluating the long performance of candidate materials. The behavior as fuel elements was analyzed with the safety calculation code for BWRs. The obtained results were established as a data base system, by considering the applicability to the fuel design and in-pile loop tests.

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