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Effect of heat treatment on TEM microstructures of Zirconium carbide coating layer in fuel particle for advanced high temperature gas cooled reactor

Aihara, Jun ; Ueta, Shohei   ; Yasuda, Atsushi*; Takeuchi, Hitoshi*; Mozumi, Yasuhiro*; Sawa, Kazuhiro; Motohashi, Yoshinobu*

The ZrC coating layer has been fabricated using the bromide process at JAEA. The coated particles with IPyC layers reported in a previous study were annealed at around 1800$$^{circ}$$C for 1h, under which compact sintering will be done in a practical process, in order to study effects of the heat treatment (annealing) on their microstructure evolution. Then the microstructures of the ZrC layers in the cases (batches) of C/Zr = 1.11 and 1.35 were characterized by means of TEM and STEM. Certain changes in the shape and size of voids or free carbons region caused by the heat treatment were found in the cases of both batches. After the heat treatment, the voids or free carbons region have shown a clod like feature with diameters of 50 to 100 nm. The grain growth of ZrC was also observed in both cases: In the ZrC layer with C/Zr = 1.11, the fibrous carbons grew as of to stand from the PyC to ZrC layers on some places in the IPyC/ZrC boundary.

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