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JAEA studies on spent fuel pool severe accident, 1; Results of cladding air oxidation experiments

Nemoto, Yoshiyuki  ; Ogawa, Chihiro; Kaji, Yoshiyuki  ; Nakashima, Kazuo*; Tojo, Masayuki*; Goto, Daisuke*

To improve the severe accident codes for the analysis of spent fuel pool (SFP) accident with water level decrease, it is necessary to model the air oxidation behavior of the cladding based on experimental data. For the air oxidation modeling, it is necessary to understand the influence of temperature distribution along axial direction of the cladding in SFP accident condition. In addition, it is important to evaluate the influence of oxide film formed on surface of cladding during operation in nuclear power plant. In this study, bare specimens and pre-oxidized specimens of Japanese zircalloy-4 were investigated. Longer specimens of cladding were tested in air with temperature distribution along the axial direction of the cladding simulating the SFP accident condition. Shorter specimens were adopted for tests in thermogravimetry to obtain basic data. Experimental data were compared and the authors discussed on influence of the temperature distribution and oxide film for the air oxidation behavior.



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