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Behavior of high-burnup LWR-MOX fuel under a reactivity-initiated accident condition

Taniguchi, Yoshinori ; Udagawa, Yutaka  ; Mihara, Takeshi  ; Amaya, Masaki  ; Kakiuchi, Kazuo 

A pulse-irradiation test CN-1 on a high-burnup MOX fuel with M5$$^{TM}$$ cladding was conducted at the Nuclear Safety Research Reactor (NSRR) of Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA). Although the transient signals obtained during the pulse-irradiation test did not show any signs of the occurrence of PCMI failure, the failure of the test fuel rod was confirmed from the visual inspection carried out after test CN-1. Analyses using fuel performance codes FEMAXI-8 and RANNS were also performed in order to investigate the fuel behavior during normal operation and pulse-irradiation regarding the test fuel rod of CN-1, and the results were consistent with this observation result. These experimental and calculation results suggested that the failure of test fuel rod of CN-1 was not caused by hydride-assisted PCMI but high-temperature rupture following the increase in rod internal pressure. The occurrence of this failure mode might be related to the ductility remained in the M5$$^{TM}$$ cladding owing to its low content of the hydrogen absorbed during normal operation.



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