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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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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.

報告書

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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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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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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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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Biaxial-EDC test attempts with pre-cracked zircaloy-4 cladding tubes

Li F.; 三原 武; 宇田川 豊; 天谷 政樹

Proceedings of 25th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-25) (CD-ROM), 6 Pages, 2017/07

The failure behavior of cladding tube was investigated by using the improved EDC test apparatus. Cold-worked, stress-relieved and recrystallized Zircaloy-4 tubes with a pre-crack were used as test specimens: this pre-crack simulated the crack which is considered to form in the hydride rim of high-burnup fuel cladding at the beginning of PCMI failure. In the EDC test, a tensile stress in axial direction was applied and displacement-controlled loading was performed to keep the strain ratio of axial/hoop as a constant. The data of cladding deformation had been achieved in the range of strain ratio of 0, 0.25, 0.5 and 0.75 and pre-crack depth of 41-87 micrometers. Failures in hoop direction were observed in all the tested samples, and a general trend that higher strain ratio and deeper crack depth lead to lower failure limit in hoop direction could be seen. Different crack propagation mode was observed between recrystallized and stress relieved and cold worked samples.

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Improved-EDC tests on the Zircaloy-4 cladding tube with an outer surface pre-crack

篠崎 崇*; 宇田川 豊; 三原 武; 杉山 智之; 天谷 政樹

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 53(9), p.1426 - 1434, 2016/09

 被引用回数:6 パーセンタイル:17.95(Nuclear Science & Technology)

In order to investigate the failure behavior of fuel cladding under a reactivity-initiated accident (RIA) condition, biaxial stress tests on unirradiated Zircaloy-4 cladding tube with an outer surface pre-crack were carried out under room temperature conditions by using an improved Expansion-Due-to-Compression (improved-EDC) test method which was developed by Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA). The specimens with an outer surface pre-crack were prepared by using RAG (Rolling After Grooving) method. In each test, a constant longitudinal tensile load of 0, 5.0 or 10.0 kN was applied along the axial direction of specimen, respectively. All specimens failed during the tests, and the morphology at the failure opening of the specimens was similar to that observed in the result of post-irradiation examinations of high burnup fuel which failed during a pulse irradiation experiment. The longitudinal strain ($$varepsilon$$$$_{tz}$$) at failure clearly increased with increasing longitudinal tensile loads and the circumferential strain ($$varepsilon$$$$_{ttheta}$$) at failure significantly decreased in the case of 5.0 and 10.0 kN tests, compared with the case of 0 kN tests. It is considered that the data obtained in this study can be used as a fundamental basis for quantifying the failure criteria of fuel cladding under a biaxial stress state.

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Behavior of high-burnup advanced LWR fuels under 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 LWR Fuels with Enhanced Safety and Performance (TopFuel 2016) (USB Flash Drive), p.53 - 62, 2016/09

軽水炉用改良型燃料について、現行の安全基準の妥当性及び安全余裕を評価するため、また今後の規制のためのデータベースを提供するため、原子力機構ではALPS-IIと呼ばれる原子力規制庁からの委託事業を開始した。この事業は、商用PWR及びBWRで照射された高燃焼度改良型燃料を対象として、主として反応度投入事故及び冷却材喪失事故を模擬した試験から構成されている。最近、高燃焼度改良型燃料のRIA時破損限界がNSRRにて調べられ、パルス照射試験後の燃料を対象とした照射後試験が行われている。LCOA模擬試験に関しては、インテグラル熱衝撃試験及び高温酸化試験が燃料試験施設で行われ、高燃焼度改良型燃料被覆管の破断限界、高温酸化速度等が調べられた。本論文では、この事業で取得された最近のRIA及びLOCA模擬試験結果について主に述べる。

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Analyses of SPERT-CDC test 859 by FEMAXI-7 and RANNS codes

谷口 良徳; 宇田川 豊; 天谷 政樹

Proceedings of Annual Topical Meeting on LWR Fuels with Enhanced Safety and Performance (TopFuel 2016) (USB Flash Drive), p.229 - 238, 2016/09

In the current Japanese regulation concerning fuel safety, the criterion of fuel failure due to pellet-cladding mechanical interaction (PCMI) in a burnup range of 25-40 GWd/t is determined substantially based on the result of SPERT-CDC test 859 (SPERT859). In this study, the oxide thickness of the cladding formed on the cladding outer surface of SPERT859 test rod and its fuel enthalpy at failure due to PCMI under this corrosion condition were analyzed by using fuel performance codes FEMAXI-7 and RANNS. These results of FEMAXI-7 and RANNS showed that the cladding of the test rod had excessive corrosion and suggested that the fuel enthalpy at failure of SPERT859 was affected by the excessive corrosion on the cladding of the test rod and was likely lower than that of the typical fuel for light water reactors.

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Crack formation in cladding under LOCA quench conditions

Wu, H.; 宇田川 豊; 成川 隆文; 天谷 政樹

Nuclear Engineering and Design, 303, p.25 - 30, 2016/07

 被引用回数:1 パーセンタイル:76.09(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Loss-of-Coolant-Accident (LOCA) is a design basis accident that is considered in the safety analyses for LWR. This paper discusses crack formation in one-side oxidized Zircaloy-4 cladding with LOCA one-side oxidation quench experimental data. The experimental data suggest that the order of cracks formed in cladding during LOCA quench conditions should be, first in the alpha-Zr(O) layer, and then in the oxide, finally in the prior-beta layer when the fracture of cladding occurs. Both the experimental data and RANNS computation suggest that the formation of crack in the oxide could be related to the heat capacity inside the cladding and off-center pellets during quench.

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Validation of updated RANNS with effect of oxygen-dissolved metallic zircaloy-4 under LOCA quench condition

Wu, H.; 宇田川 豊; 成川 隆文; 天谷 政樹

Nuclear Engineering and Design, 300, p.249 - 255, 2016/04

 被引用回数:2 パーセンタイル:57.25(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Loss-of-Coolant-Accident (LOCA) is a classical design basis accident considered in LWR safety analyses, and LOCA simulation technique can be used to gain a better understanding of local cladding behaviors. This paper first summarizes equations regarding the oxygen-dissolved metallic Zircaloy-4 layer (ODMZ). These equations have been added to the updated RANNS code, which is validated using LOCA quench experimental data. The update RANNS code is then used to examine the influence of ODMZ and the oxide layer on its axial load under LOCA quench conditions. The results suggest that the contribution of both the ODMZ and the oxide layer to the axial load increase with oxidation time, and the latter increases more in a fixed length of oxidation time. This study shows the importance and necessity of considering the effect of the ODMZ when computing the axial load on cladding in LOCA quench conditions.

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Recent research activities using NSRR on safety related issues

宇田川 豊; 杉山 智之*; 天谷 政樹

Proceedings of 2016 International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP 2016) (CD-ROM), p.1183 - 1189, 2016/04

JAEA launched ALPS-II program in 2010 in order to obtain regulatory data for advanced fuels. Five new reactivity-initiated accident (RIA) simulated tests on the advanced fuels have been performed. The first two fuels tested, VA-5 and VA-6, were 17$$times$$17-PWR-type with stress-relieved and recrystallized M-MDA cladding tube, and irradiated to ~80 GWd/tU. The cladding failed due to the pellet-cladding mechanical interaction. Fission gas dynamics tests to promote a better understanding of the behavior of fission gas during an RIA are planned. A recent qualification test on a prototype pressure sensor demonstrated its ability to obtain history data of transient fission gas release. JAEA also launched a new experiment program using NSRR to investigate fuel degradation behaviors in the temperature region beyond-DBA LOCAs.

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Fracture toughness evaluation of reactor pressure vessel steels by master curve method using miniature compact tension specimens

飛田 徹; 西山 裕孝; 大津 拓与; 宇田川 誠; 勝山 仁哉; 鬼沢 邦雄

Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology, 137(5), p.051405_1 - 051405_8, 2015/10

 被引用回数:6 パーセンタイル:45.64(Engineering, Mechanical)

ミニチュアコンパクトテンション(0.16T-CT)試験片のマスターカーブ法による破壊靭性評価への適用性を明らかにするため、0.16インチから1インチまでの板厚・形状の異なる数種類の試験片(0.16T-CT, PCCv, 0.4T-CT, 1T-CT)を用いて破壊靱性試験を行った。不純物含有量、靱性レベルが異なる5種類の原子炉圧力容器鋼に対して、0.16T-CTを用いて評価した破壊靱性参照温度($$T_{o}$$)は、1T-CTその他板厚の試験片と良い一致を示した。また、1インチ相当に補正した0.16T-CT試験片の破壊靭性値のばらつきの大きさ及び負荷速度依存性も同等であった。さらに、0.16T-CT試験片を用いて$$T_{o}$$を評価する場合の最適な試験温度に関し、シャルピー遷移温度を元にした設定法について提案を行った。

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Behavior of high burnup advanced fuels for LWR during design-basis accidents

天谷 政樹; 宇田川 豊; 成川 隆文; 三原 武; 杉山 智之

Proceedings of Annual Topical Meeting on Reactor Fuel Performance (TopFuel 2015), Part.2 (Internet), p.10 - 18, 2015/09

高燃焼度領域での燃料性能を向上させるとともに既設の原子炉の安全性を向上させるため、高耐食性被覆管や核分裂生成ガス放出を抑えたペレットで構成された改良型燃料が事業者や燃料メーカによって開発されてきた。このような改良型燃料の現行の規制基準や安全裕度の妥当性を評価するため、またこれらに係る将来の規制のためのデータベースを提供するため、原子力機構はALPS-IIと呼ばれる新しい研究プロクラムを開始した。このプログラムは、欧州から輸送された高燃焼度改良型燃料を対象とした反応度事故(RIA)模擬試験及び冷却材喪失事故(LOCA)模擬試験から主に構成されている。本論文では、このプログラムの概要及び現在までに得られているRIA及びLOCA模擬試験結果について述べる。

報告書

軽水炉燃料の事故時挙動解析コードRANNSの反応度事故解析モデル開発

宇田川 豊; 鈴木 元衛; 天谷 政樹

JAEA-Data/Code 2014-025, 27 Pages, 2015/02

JAEA-Data-Code-2014-025.pdf:2.53MB

軽水炉燃料の事故時挙動解析コードRANNSの開発が進められている。RANNSは、同じく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開発・整備が進められているFEMAXI-7(2014年現在)の事故解析向けバージョンであり、特に反応度事故(RIA)条件下の熱的及び力学的挙動の解析をその主たる目的としている。本報告は、原子炉安全性研究炉(NSRR)におけるRIA模擬実験データのRANNSによる解析を通じて近年行われた、高燃焼度燃料のRIA時挙動で特に重要なペレット-被覆管機械的相互作用(PCMI)に関する解析精度向上を目的としたRIA解析モデルの開発・検証について整理したものである。具体的には、燃料の力学的な挙動に関しては、ペレットリロケーションモデル、ペレット降伏応力モデル、ペレット-被覆管の力学的なボンディングモデル、及び被覆管の破損限界評価モデル等について、また熱的な挙動に関しては、被覆管表面で生じる核沸騰離脱及びそれに続く遷移沸騰、膜沸騰時の実効的な被覆管-冷却材間熱伝達モデルについて整理した。

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Experimental analysis with RANNS code on boiling heat transfer from fuel rod surface to coolant water under reactivity-initiated accident conditions

宇田川 豊; 杉山 智之; 鈴木 元衛; 天谷 政樹

IAEA-TECDOC-CD-1775; Proceedings of Modelling of Water Cooled Fuel Including Design Basis and Severe Accidents (CD-ROM), p.200 - 219, 2015/00

In order to promote a better understanding of the temperature evolution of fuel rod under reactivity initiated accident (RIA) conditions, we have investigated the effects of coolant subcooling, flow velocity, pressure, and cladding pre-irradiation on the heat transfer from fuel rod surface to coolant water during RIA boiling transient, based on a computational analysis with the RANNS code on the transient data from RIA-simulating experiments in the NSRR. The analysis showed that the film boiling heat transfer coefficients during RIA boiling transient increase with coolant subcooling, flow velocity, and pressure as predicted by the model for stable film boiling. The estimated boiling heat transfer coefficients were significantly larger than those predicted by semi-empirical correlations for stable film boiling. The analysis also suggested that the heat transfers during both transition and film boiling phases are strongly enhanced by pre-irradiation of the cladding.

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EDC試験手法による反応度事故時の燃料被覆管破損に及ぼす水素化物偏在及び2軸応力状態の影響の評価

篠崎 崇; 三原 武; 宇田川 豊; 杉山 智之; 天谷 政樹

JAEA-Research 2014-025, 34 Pages, 2014/12

JAEA-Research-2014-025.pdf:6.05MB

EDC(Expansion-Due-to-Compression)試験は、燃料被覆管の機械特性試験の一手法であり、反応度事故(RIA)時におけるペレット-被覆管機械的相互作用(PCMI)に着目した試験手法である。本研究では、高燃焼度燃料被覆管に見られる"水素化物リム"を模擬するために外周部に水素化物を偏析させた未照射被覆管を使用し、高燃焼度燃料のRIA時に被覆管に負荷される機械的条件を模擬したEDC試験を実施した。試料の水素濃度および偏析した水素化物の厚みが増加すると、試験後試料の周方向残留ひずみが低下する傾向が見られた。また、RIA時に被覆管外面の水素化物に発生するき裂を模擬するため、外面に予き裂を有する被覆管(RAG管)を作製し、この試料を対象としたEDC試験を行った結果、試料の予き裂深さが増加するにつれて破損時の周方向全ひずみが低下する傾向が見られた。さらに、RAG管試料に軸方向引張荷重を負荷することで2軸応力状態とし、EDC試験を実施した。このような2軸応力状態では、単軸引張条件である通常のEDC試験と比較して破損時の周方向全ひずみが低下する傾向が見られた。

論文

Reevaluation of fuel enthalpy in NSRR test for high burnup fuels

宇田川 豊; 杉山 智之; 天谷 政樹

Proceedings of 2014 Water Reactor Fuel Performance Meeting/ Top Fuel / LWR Fuel Performance Meeting (WRFPM 2014) (USB Flash Drive), 8 Pages, 2014/10

Previously, the fuel enthalpy in high burnup fuel tests at the NSRR had been evaluated by the procedure based on the short-life fission product measurement. But a part of the results showed significant scattering even within the similar tests with similar fuels, which should have showed similar fuel enthalpies. Hence, an alternative procedure, which is based on the evaluation of total amount of fissile materials evaluated by mass analysis, was developed. This procedure does not require quickness and is repeatable, so it is applicable even many years later if the fuel sample is available. The recent procedure was thus applied to the tests before 2003, whose burnups are below 60 GWd/tU. It was shown that the fuel enthalpy had been significantly underestimated in the tests with high burnup PWR fuels: the test series HBO and TK.

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