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The Effect of nitride formation on the oxidation kinetics of Zry-4 fuel cladding under steam-air atmospheres at 1273-1573 K

Negyesi, M.; 天谷 政樹

Journal of Nuclear Materials, 524, p.263 - 277, 2019/10

The study deals with the oxidation behavior of fuel cladding under mixed steam-air atmospheres. Oxidation tests of Zry-4 were carried out at temperatures of 1273-1573 K. Post-test weight gain measurement along with metallographic examination were conducted to study separately the kinetics of the region where nitrides formed and the nitride-free region. The weight gain coming from the nitride-free region was estimated employing one-dimensional finite difference oxygen diffusion model and measured thicknesses of the metallic part of the oxidized specimen, the columnar oxide and the oxygen stabilized $$alpha$$-Zr(O) as well as the fraction of the columnar oxide at the oxide/metal interface. Consequently, the weight gain related to the nitride formation has been assessed.

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Fracture behavior of recrystallized and stress-relieved Zircaloy-4 cladding under biaxial stress conditions

三原 武; 宇田川 豊; 天谷 政樹

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 56(8), p.724 - 730, 2019/08

Pellet-cladding mechanical interaction (PCMI) under reactivity-initiated accident conditions may lead to failure of high-burnup fuel rods. Zircaloy cladding tubes are subjected to biaxial stress states induced by PCMI loading. This type of stress state, specific to PCMI, presumably makes the tubes more susceptible to failure. To clarify the influence of the anisotropic mechanical properties of Zircaloy cladding tubes on their fracture behavior under biaxial stress conditions, biaxial tensile tests were performed, and the measured stresses and strains were converted to reduced parameters such as equivalent strain, equivalent stress, and stress triaxiality by using the anisotropic constants of the Hill yield function derived in our previous study. The minimum fracture strains for recrystallized (RX) and stress-relieved (SR) specimens were located where the stress ratio of axial to circumferential is 0.75 in the measured range. The equivalent plastic fracture strains tended to decrease monotonously with increasing stress triaxiality, which is a typical trend observed in ductile fracture, in the range of 0.65-0.78 for both specimens. In the case of SR specimens, however, the analysis with stress triaxiality did not reduce the fracture strains well to a single trend curve, showing that the anisotropic constants used in the present work or Hill yield function itself is not enough to describe the whole anisotropy involved in the fracture process of SR material.

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Oxidation behavior of high-burnup advanced fuel cladding tubes in high-temperature steam

成川 隆文; 天谷 政樹

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 56(7), p.650 - 660, 2019/07

To evaluate the oxidation behavior of high-burnup advanced fuel cladding tubes in high-temperature steam, laboratory-scale isothermal oxidation tests were conducted using the following advanced fuel cladding tubes with burnups of up to 85 GWd/t: M-MDA$textsuperscript{texttrademark}$, low-tin ZIRLO$textsuperscript{texttrademark}$, M5$textsuperscript{textregistered}$, and Zircaloy-2 (LK3). These oxidation tests were performed in steam-flowing conditions at temperatures ranging from 1173 to 1473 K for durations between 120 and 4000 s, and the oxidation kinetics was evaluated. The oxidation kinetics of the high-burnup advanced fuel cladding tube specimens estimated by assuming the parabolic rate law was comparable to or slower than that of the unirradiated Zircaloy-4 cladding tube specimens reported in a previous study. It is considered that the protective effect of the corrosion layer hindered oxidation. Furthermore, no increase in the oxidation kinetics because of the pre-hydriding was observed. The onset times of the breakaway oxidations of these cladding tube specimens were comparable to those of the unirradiated Zircaloy-4 cladding tubes reported in previous studies. Therefore, it is considered that the burnup extension up to 85 GWd/t and the use of the advanced fuel cladding tubes do not significantly increase the oxidation kinetics and do not significantly reduce the onset time of the breakaway oxidation.

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Model updates and performance evaluations on fuel performance code FEMAXI-8 for light water reactor fuel analysis

宇田川 豊; 天谷 政樹

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 56(6), p.461 - 470, 2019/06

FEMAXI-8は、軽水炉燃料の通常運転時及び過渡条件下の挙動解析を目的として原子力機構が開発・整備を進めてきた解析コードである。主に実験データ解析や燃料設計等研究/開発ツールとして利用されてきたFEMAXI-7に対し、ペレットクラックや核分裂生成物ガス挙動の新規モデル開発、既存モデルの改良及び拡充、プログラムのデータ/処理構造見直し等の改良を行い、性能向上を図った。本論文では最近のモデル改良を経たFEMAXI-8を対象に、168ケースの照射試験ケースで得られた実測データを用いた総合的な予測性能検証を実施し、燃料中心温度やFPガス放出率について妥当な予測を与えることを示した。また別途実施したベンチマーク解析により、数値計算の安定性や計算速度についても前バージョンからの大幅な改善を確認した。

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The effect of hydride morphology on the failure strain of stress-relieved Zircaloy-4 cladding with an outer surface pre-crack under biaxial stress states

Li F.; 三原 武; 宇田川 豊; 天谷 政樹

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 56(5), p.432 - 439, 2019/05

 パーセンタイル:100(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Hydride precipitates are considered to affect cladding integrity adversely during pellet-cladding mechanical interaction (PCMI) in a reactivity-initiated accident (RIA). This study aims to clarify the role of hydride precipitates in cladding failure under the biaxial stress condition. The amount and distribution of hydride precipitates (hydride morphology) were evaluated quantitatively and hydrogen content was measured to assess its effect on the decrease in outer surface hoop strain at failure (failure strain) of the samples. The decrease in failure strain of the hydrided samples was found to be more significant under lower strain ratios in the samples with shallower pre-crack. The failure strain of sample tended to be more sensitive to hydrogen content under the strain ratio with a higher axial component in the case of samples with hydrogen contents higher than ~150 wppm.

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Effect of experimental setting and surface roughness on oxidation behavior of Zry-4 in steam at 1273 K

Negyesi, M.; 天谷 政樹

Proceedings of 27th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-27) (Internet), 8 Pages, 2019/05

This work deals with oxidation behavior of Zry-4 fuel cladding exposed to steam at 1273 K. The condition corresponds to LOCA. The effect of the specimen surface roughness and experimental setting on the oxidation behavior was investigated by employing two experimental techniques for oxidation tests and metallographic analysis along with hydrogen pick-up measurement. Slower heating rate under steam flow led to significantly slower oxidation rate during the subsequent isothermal exposure. As a consequence, the breakaway was delayed substantially. The effect of the specimen surface roughness on the oxidation behavior seemed to be rather minor under the investigated conditions. On the other hand, hydrogen uptake was found to be substantially affected by both the specimen surface roughness and the tested experimental setting.

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燃料安全研究国際会議(Fuel Safety Research Meeting)2018

谷口 良徳; 垣内 一雄; 天谷 政樹

核燃料, (54-1), p.16 - 19, 2019/03

日本原子力研究開発機構(JAEA)は、国内外の専門家との間で軽水炉燃料の安全性に係る情報交換や議論を目的とした国際会議「燃料安全研究国際会議(Fuel Safety Research Meeting: FSRM)」を開催している。本報は、2018年10月30-31日に茨城県水戸市で開催した、FSRM2018の概要について述べたものである。

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燃料挙動解析コードFEMAXI-8の開発; 軽水炉燃料挙動モデルの改良と総合性能の検証

宇田川 豊; 山内 紹裕*; 北野 剛司*; 天谷 政樹

JAEA-Data/Code 2018-016, 79 Pages, 2019/01

JAEA-Data-Code-2018-016.pdf:2.75MB

FEMAXI-8は、軽水炉燃料の通常運転時及び過渡条件下の挙動解析を目的として原子力機構が開発・整備を進めてきたFEMAXI-7(2012年公開)の次期リリースに向けた最新バージョンである。FEMAXI-7は主に実験データ解析や燃料設計等研究/開発ツールとして利用されてきたが、燃料挙動に係る現象解明やモデル開発等の燃料研究分野における適用拡大並びに燃料の安全評価等への活用を念頭に、原子力機構ではその性能向上及び実証を進めた。具体的には新規モデル開発、既存モデルの改良及び拡充、プログラムのデータ/処理構造見直し、旧言語規格からの移植、バグフィックス、照射試験データベース構築等のインフラ整備、体系的な検証解析を通じた問題の発見と修正等を行うとともに、各種照射試験で取得された144ケースの実測データを対象とした総合的な性能評価を実施した。燃料中心温度について概ね相対誤差10%の範囲で実測値を再現する等、解析結果は実測データと妥当な一致を示した。

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Effects of ballooning and rupture on the fracture resistance of Zircaloy-4 fuel cladding tube after LOCA-simulated experiments

湯村 尚典; 天谷 政樹

Annals of Nuclear Energy, 120, p.798 - 804, 2018/10

 パーセンタイル:100(Nuclear Science & Technology)

To investigate the relationship between the fracture resistance of a cladding tube and the amount of deformation of the cladding tube due to ballooning and rupture during a loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA), four-point-bending tests were performed using non-irradiated Zircaloy-4 cladding tubes which experienced a LOCA-simulated sequence (ballooning, rupture, high temperature oxidation and quench). According to the obtained results, it was found that the maximum bending stress of the cladding tube after the LOCA-simulated sequence, which was defined as the fracture resistance, correlated to the average thickness of prior-$$beta$$ layer in the cladding tube. Based on the average thickness of prior-$$beta$$ layer, the fracture resistance of the cladding tube with ballooning and rupture was expressed as functions of isothermal oxidation time and temperature and the maximum circumferential strain on the cladding tube.

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Behaviors of high-burnup LWR fuels with improved materials under design-basis accident conditions

天谷 政樹; 宇田川 豊; 成川 隆文; 三原 武; 谷口 良徳

Proceedings of Annual Topical Meeting on Reactor Fuel Performance (TopFuel 2018) (Internet), 10 Pages, 2018/10

Fuels for light water reactors (LWRs) which consist of improved cladding materials and pellets have been developed by utilities and fuel vendors to acquire better fuel performance even in the high burnup region and also raise the safety level of current nuclear power plants to a higher one. In order to evaluate adequacy of the present regulatory criteria in Japan and safety margins regarding the fuel with improved materials, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) has conducted ALPS-II program sponsored by Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), Japan. In this program, the tests simulating a reactivity-initiated accident (RIA) and a loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA) have been performed on the high burnup advanced fuels irradiated in commercial PWR or BWR in Europe. This paper presents recent results obtained in this program with respect to RIA, and main results of LOCA experiments, which have been obtained in the ALPS-II program, are summarized.

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The Effect of final heat treatment at fabrication on the terminal solid solubility of hydrogen in Zry-4

山内 紹裕*; 天谷 政樹

Proceedings of Annual Topical Meeting on Reactor Fuel Performance (TopFuel 2018) (Internet), 7 Pages, 2018/10

Zry-4被覆管の昇温時の水素固溶限に及ぼす製造時最終熱処理の影響を調べるため、予備水素吸収させた冷間加工、応力除去焼きなまし、再結晶焼鈍しZry-4被覆管を用いたDSC測定を50-600$$^{circ}$$Cの範囲で実施した。得られたDSC曲線及び金相写真から、水素化物の初期状態が水素化物の固溶挙動に影響を与えることが示唆された。本試験で得られたTSSD温度及び水素濃度のアレニウスプロットより、冷間加工材が最大のTSSDを示し、次いで応力除去焼きなまし材、再結晶焼きなまし材の順であることがわかった。本試験の結果は、Zry-4被覆管の製造時最終熱処理に起因する微細組織の違いが水素化物の固溶挙動に影響を及ぼすことを示唆した。

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OECD/NEA benchmark on pellet-clad mechanical interaction modelling with fuel performance codes; Impact of number of radial pellet cracks and pellet-clad friction coefficient

Dost$'a$l, M.*; Rossiter, G.*; Dethioux, A.*; Zhang, J.*; 天谷 政樹; Rozzia, D.*; Williamson, R.*; Kozlowski, T.*; Hill, I.*; Martin, J.-F.*

Proceedings of Annual Topical Meeting on Reactor Fuel Performance (TopFuel 2018) (Internet), 10 Pages, 2018/10

The benchmark on PCMI was initiated by OECD/NEA Expert Group on Reactor Fuel Performance (EGRFP) in June 2015 and is currently in the latter stages of compiling results and preparing the final report. The aim of the benchmark is to improve understanding and modelling of PCMI amongst NEA member organisations. This is being achieved by comparing PCMI predictions of different fuel performance codes for a number of cases. Two of these cases are hypothetical cases aiming to facilitate understanding of the effects of code-to-code differences in fuel performance models. The two remaining cases are actual irradiations, where code predictions are compared with measured data. During analysis of participants' results of the hypothetical cases, the assumptions for number of radial pellet cracks and the pellet-clad friction coefficient (which can be zero, finite or infinite) were identified to be important factors in explaining differences between predictions once pellet-cladding contact occurs. However, these parameters varied in the models and codes used originally by the participants. This fact led to the extension of the benchmark by inclusion of two additional cases, where the number of radial pellet cracks and three different values of the friction coefficient were prescribed in the case definition. Seven calculations from six organisations contributed results were compared and analysed in this paper.

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Application of Bayesian optimal experimental design to reduce parameter uncertainty in the fracture boundary of a fuel cladding tube under LOCA conditions

成川 隆文; 山口 彰*; Jang, S.*; 天谷 政樹

Proceedings of 14th International Conference on Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management (PSAM-14) (USB Flash Drive), 10 Pages, 2018/09

The reduction of epistemic uncertainty for safety-related events that rarely occur or require high experimental costs is a key concern for researchers worldwide. In this study, we develop a new framework to effectively reduce parameter uncertainty, which is one of the epistemic uncertainties, by using the Bayesian optimal experimental design. In the experimental design, we used a decision theory that minimizes the Bayes generalization loss. For this purpose, we used the functional variance, which is a component of widely applicable information criterion, as a decision criterion for selecting informative data points. Then, we conducted a case study to apply the proposed framework to reduce the parameter uncertainty in the fracture boundary of a non-irradiated, pre-hydrided Zircaloy-4 cladding tube specimen under loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA) conditions. The results of our case study proved that the proposed framework greatly reduced the Bayes generalization loss with minimal sample size compared with the case in which experimental data were randomly obtained. Thus, the proposed framework is useful for effectively reducing the parameter uncertainty of safety-related events that rarely occur or require high experimental costs.

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Uncertainty quantification of fracture boundary of pre-hydrided Zircaloy-4 cladding tube under LOCA conditions

成川 隆文; 山口 彰*; Jang, S.*; 天谷 政樹

Nuclear Engineering and Design, 331, p.147 - 152, 2018/05

 パーセンタイル:100(Nuclear Science & Technology)

To quantify the fracture boundary uncertainty for non-irradiated, pre-hydrided Zircaloy-4 cladding tube specimens under loss-of-coolant accident conditions at a light-water reactor, data from integral thermal shock tests obtained by an earlier study are analyzed statistically and the fracture boundary is estimated in terms of probability, as follows. First, a method is proposed to obtain the specimens' fracture probability curve as a function of equivalent cladding reacted (ECR) and initial hydrogen concentration using Bayesian inference with a generalized linear model. A log-probit model is used, modified to reflect the effect of the initial hydrogen concentration on the fracture boundary and the ECR evaluation uncertainty, and scaled to improve convergence. Second, using the modified log-probit model, it is shown that the boundary representing a 5% fracture probability with 95% confidence for the pre-hydrided cladding tube sample is higher than 15% ECR, for initial hydrogen concentrations of up to 800 wppm.

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The Influence of the air fraction in steam on the growth of the columnar oxide and the adjacent $$alpha$$-Zr(O) layer on Zry-4 fuel cladding at 1273 and 1473 K

Negyesi, M.; 天谷 政樹

Annals of Nuclear Energy, 114, p.52 - 65, 2018/04

 被引用回数:1 パーセンタイル:38.14(Nuclear Science & Technology)

The growth kinetics of the columnar oxide and $$alpha$$-Zr(O) layers of Zry-4 under mixed steam-air conditions at temperatures of 1273 and 1473 K were investigated in this study be means of post-test metallographic measurements. The hydrogen uptake was also determined by the inert gas fusion technique. The kinetics of the columnar oxide layer obeyed a parabolic law for all air fractions at both temperatures. The kinetics of $$alpha$$-Zr(O) layer appeared to deviate slightly from the parabolic law. The parabolic oxidation rate constant of the columnar oxide increased with increasing air fraction, whereas the parabolic oxidation rate constant of $$alpha$$-Zr(O) layer seemed to be independent of the air fraction. Mixed steam-air conditions appeared to enhance hydrogen absorption substantially, especially after the columnar oxide lost its protectiveness.

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Experimental and statistical study on fracture boundary of non-irradiated Zircaloy-4 cladding tube under LOCA conditions

成川 隆文; 山口 彰*; Jang, S.*; 天谷 政樹

Journal of Nuclear Materials, 499, p.528 - 538, 2018/02

 被引用回数:2 パーセンタイル:16.17(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

For estimating fracture probability of fuel cladding tube under loss-of-coolant accident conditions, laboratory-scale integral thermal shock tests were conducted on non-irradiated Zircaloy-4 cladding tube specimens. Then, the obtained binary data with respect to fracture or non-fracture of the cladding tube specimen were analyzed statistically. A method to obtain the fracture probability curve as a function of equivalent cladding reacted (ECR) was proposed using Bayesian inference for generalized linear models: probit, logit, and log-probit models. Then, model selection was performed in terms of physical characteristics and information criteria, a widely applicable information criterion and a widely applicable Bayesian information criterion. As a result, it was clarified that the log-probit model was the best model to estimate the fracture probability. It was shown that 20% ECR corresponded to a 5% probability level with a 95% confidence of fracture of the cladding tube specimens.

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Deformation behavior of recrystallized and stress-relieved Zircaloy-4 fuel cladding under biaxial stress conditions

三原 武; 宇田川 豊; 天谷 政樹

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 55(2), p.151 - 159, 2018/02

 被引用回数:1 パーセンタイル:38.14(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Pellet-cladding mechanical interaction (PCMI) under reactivity-initiated accident conditions may lead to the failure of high-burnup fuel rods. Biaxial stress states generated by PCMI in Zircaloy cladding may make the cladding more susceptible to failure. In this study, we investigated the deformation behavior of Zircaloy cladding under biaxial stress conditions based on the concept of contours of equal plastic work. The major axis angles of the initial work contours of recrystallized (RX) and stress-relieved (SR) specimens were investigated and it was found that the shapes of the initial work contours of these kinds of specimens were almost symmetric across the direction where the ratio of axial stress to circumferential stress is 1. The shapes of subsequent work contours tended to change for the RX specimen while be the same as the initial for the SR specimen, as deformation proceeded. It was suggested that the textures and slip systems in the RX and SR specimens affect their initial work contours while the slip system in the RX specimens and the residual strain in the SR specimens influence the subsequent work contours.

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The Fracture behaviors of non-irradiated zircaloy-4 fuel cladding with a pinhole under simulated LOCA conditions

小宮山 大輔; 天谷 政樹

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 54(12), p.1338 - 1344, 2017/12

 パーセンタイル:100(Nuclear Science & Technology)

In a case where a pinhole leak occurs in a fuel rod incidentally, it is possible that coolant enters the fuel rod through the pinhole. Since knowledge about the behavior of the fuel rod with a pinhole under LOCA condition is limited, semi-integral quench tests consisting of heat-up, isothermal oxidation and quenching processes were performed with non-irradiated fuel cladding tubes with a pinhole in order to investigate the difference in the fracture behaviors between normal and leaker fuels under LOCA condition. Isothermal oxidation temperature and time ranged from 1100 $$^{circ}$$C to 1225 $$^{circ}$$C and 0 seconds to 4200 seconds. Ballooning and rupture during the heat-up process did not occur in the case of test rods with a pinhole. While the existence of the pinhole affected neither the inner-surface-oxidation behavior nor the fracture boundary of the cladding tube, the shape and size of the opening including the pinhole and the rupture opening might affect the rate and amount of steam entering the test rod. Initially injected water affected the inner-surface-oxidation behavior. While the fracture boundary of the test rods with initially injected water tended to be higher than that of the test rods without injected water at short oxidation time, vice versa at longer oxidation time. This tendency may be related to the amount of the steam which remained in or entered the test rod during the test.

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Oxidation kinetics of Zry-4 fuel cladding in mixed steam-air atmospheres at temperatures of 1273 - 1473 K

Negyesi, M.; 天谷 政樹

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 54(10), p.1143 - 1155, 2017/10

 被引用回数:2 パーセンタイル:42.02(Nuclear Science & Technology)

This paper deals with the oxidation behavior of Zry-4 nuclear fuel cladding tubes in mixed steam_air atmospheres at temperatures of 1273 and 1473 K. The main goal is to study the oxidation kinetics of Zry-4 fuel cladding in dependence on the air fraction in steam in the range from 0 up to 100%. The purpose of this study is to provide experimental data suitable for an oxidation correlation applicable for thermomechanical analysis codes of nuclear power reactor under severe accidents. The influence of the air addition in steam on parameters of Zry-4 kinetic equation has been quantified using the results of weight gain measurements. At 1273 K, both pre-transient and post-transient regimes were treated. The results of weight gain measurements showed a strong dependence of the Zry-4 oxidation kinetics on the air fraction in steam, especially at 1473 and at 1273 K in the post-transient regime.

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Behavior of high-burnup advanced LWR fuels under design-basis accident conditions

天谷 政樹; 宇田川 豊; 成川 隆文; 三原 武; 谷口 良徳

Proceedings of 2017 Water Reactor Fuel Performance Meeting (WRFPM 2017) (USB Flash Drive), 10 Pages, 2017/09

JAEA has conducted a research program called ALPS-II program for advanced fuels of LWRs. In this program, the tests simulating a RIA and a LOCA have been performed on the high burnup advanced fuels irradiated in European commercial reactors. The failure limits of the high-burnup advanced fuels under RIA conditions have been obtained by the pulse irradiation tests at the NSRR in JAEA. The information about pellet fragmentation etc. during the pulse irradiations was also obtained from post-test examinations on the test rods after the pulse irradiation tests. As for the simulated LOCA test, integral thermal shock tests and high-temperature oxidation tests have been performed at the RFEF in JAEA. The fracture limits under LOCA and post-LOCA conditions etc. of the high-burnup advanced fuel cladding have been investigated, and it was found that in terms of these materials the fracture boundaries do not decrease and the oxidation does not significantly accelerate in the burnup level examined.

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