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Mechanical properties of cubic (U,Zr)O$$_{2}$$

Kitagaki, Toru ; Hoshino, Takanori ; Yano, Kimihiko ; Okamura, Nobuo ; Ohara, Hiroshi*; Fukasawa, Tetsuo*; Koizumi, Kenji 

Evaluation of fuel debris properties is required to develop fuel debris removal tools for the decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (1F). In this research, the mechanical properties of cubic (U,Zr)O$$_{2}$$ samples containing 10-65% ZrO$$_{2}$$ are evaluated. In case of the (U,Zr)O$$_{2}$$ samples containing less than 50% ZrO$$_{2}$$, Vickers hardness and fracture toughness increased, and the elastic modulus decreased slightly with increasing ZrO$$_{2}$$ content. Moreover, all of those values of the (U,Zr)O$$_{2}$$ samples containing 65% ZrO$$_{2}$$ increased slightly compared to (U,Zr)O$$_{2}$$ samples containing 55% ZrO$$_{2}$$. However, higher Zr content (exceeding 50%) has little effect on the mechanical properties. This result indicates that the wear of core-boring bits in the 1F drilling operation will accelerate slightly compared to that in the TMI-2 drilling operation.



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