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High-temperature interaction between zirconium and UO$$_2$$

Shirasu, Noriko; Suzuki, Akihiro*; Nagae, Yuji; Kurata, Masaki

High temperature interaction tests between UO$$_{2}$$ and Zr were performed at around 2173 K, to make clear the UO$$_{2}$$/ $$alpha$$-Zr(O) interaction and the mechanism of degradation, for developing the improved models for advanced severe accident analysis codes. A Zr plate was inserted in a UO$$_{2}$$ crucible, and heat treated at 2173 K in stream of Ar. After the heat-treatment, the samples were subjected to surface microanalysis. The middle region of Zr sample shows streak-like structures which are extended towered the top. It is confirmed that the streak-like structures were mainly consist of U from the EDX results, and the structures revealed that the U-rich phase was liquid during the heat-treatment. It seems that the U-rich liquid grew selectively toward the area where the oxygen concentration was low.

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