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Fracture-mechanics-based evaluation of failure limit on pre-cracked and hydrided Zircaloy-4 cladding tube under biaxial stress states

Li, F.; Mihara, Takeshi; Udagawa, Yutaka; Amaya, Masaki

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 57(6), p.633 - 645, 2020/06

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:23.17(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Journal Articles

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

Yumura, Takanori; Amaya, Masaki

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

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:48.98(Nuclear Science & Technology)

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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

Narukawa, Takafumi; Yamaguchi, Akira*; Jang, S.*; Amaya, Masaki

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

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The Effect of azimuthal temperature distribution on the ballooning and rupture behavior of Zircaloy-4 cladding tube under transient-heating conditions

Narukawa, Takafumi; Amaya, Masaki

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 53(11), p.1758 - 1765, 2016/11

 Times Cited Count:7 Percentile:62.67(Nuclear Science & Technology)

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The Effect of oxidation and crystal phase condition on the ballooning and rupture behavior of Zircaloy-4 cladding tube-under transient-heating conditions

Narukawa, Takafumi; Amaya, Masaki

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 53(1), p.112 - 122, 2016/01

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:42.19(Nuclear Science & Technology)

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Results from studies on high burn-up fuel behavior under LOCA conditions

Nagase, Fumihisa; Fuketa, Toyoshi

NUREG/CP-0192, p.197 - 230, 2005/10

The Japanese regulatory criterion for a loss-of-coolant-accident (LOCA) is based on a threshold of fuel rod fracture during quenching, which was experimentally determined under simulated LOCA conditions. In order to evaluate the fracture threshold of high burn-up fuel rods, JAERI performs integral thermal shock tests simulating LOCA conditions. The tests have been performed with pre-hydrided, unirradiated claddings and high burn-up fuel claddings irradiated to 39 and 44 GWd/t at a PWR. It was shown that fracture/no-fracture threshold primarily depends on the oxidation amount and that the threshold decreases with increases in hydrogen concentration and axial restraint during the quench. It was also shown that fracture conditions of the tested high burn-up fuel claddings are consistent with the fracture threshold derived from unirradiated claddings with similar hydrogen concentrations.

Journal Articles

Embrittlement and fracture behavior of pre-hydrided cladding under LOCA conditions

Nagase, Fumihisa; Fuketa, Toyoshi

Proceedings of 2005 Water Reactor Fuel Performance Meeting (CD-ROM), p.668 - 677, 2005/10

A systematic research program on high burnup fuel behavior under LOCA conditions is being conducted at JAERI. As a part of the program, integral thermal shock tests simulating the whole LOCA sequence were conducted with Zircaloy-4 fuel claddings, irradiated to 39 and 44 GWd/t at a PWR, to investigate behavior and condition of cladding fracture during quenching for safety evaluation. Differences were not clearly observed between irradiated and unirradiated claddings at similar hydrogen concentrations in terms of threshold of fracture during quenching, though the threshold is reduced as initial hydrogen concentration increases. Ductility of pre-hydrided, oxidized and quenched claddings was also evaluated by using ring-tensile and ring-compression tests. Embrittlement criteria (zero-ductility limits) from both the tests were lower than the fracture conditions in the integral thermal shock tests. This indicates that loading conditions should be well simulated to evaluate cladding performance under LOCA conditions.

JAEA Reports

Effects of temperature history during cooling process on cladding ductility reduction under lost of coolant accident conditions

Udagawa, Yutaka; Nagase, Fumihisa; Fuketa, Toyoshi

JAERI-Research 2005-020, 40 Pages, 2005/09

JAERI-Research-2005-020.pdf:4.63MB

In order to investigate effects of quenching temperature and cooling rate before quench on cladding ductility reduction under LOCA conditions, samples cut from non-irradiated 17$$times$$17-type Zircaloy-4 cladding tubes for PWRs were oxidized in steam at 1373 and 1473 K, cooled at 2 to 7 K/s, and quenched at 1073 to 1373 K. The quenched samples were subjected to ring compression test, microstructure observation, and Vickers hardness test. Quenching temperature decrease obviously increased area fraction of $$alpha$$ phase in the radial cross section of the cladding, and reduced cladding ductility. Slow-cooling rate decrease increased unit size and hardness of precipitated $$alpha$$ phase, while $$alpha$$ phase area fraction and cladding ductility were not significantly changed. $$alpha$$ phase is harder than the surrounding region in the metallic layer and has higher oxygen content, indicating its low ductility. Consequently, increase in the area fraction in the cladding is a main cause of the reduction in cladding ductility with decrease in the quenching temperature.

Journal Articles

Behavior of pre-hydrided Zircaloy-4 cladding under simulated LOCA conditions

Nagase, Fumihisa; Fuketa, Toyoshi

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 42(2), p.209 - 218, 2005/02

 Times Cited Count:42 Percentile:92.77(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Regarding high burn-up fuel behavior under LOCA conditions, LOCA-simulated experiments were performed with unirradiated Zircaloy-4 claddings. Claddings containig 100 to 1450 ppm were isothermally oxidized at at 1220 to 1500 K in steam flow, and quenched by flooding water. Axial shrinkage of the rods during the quench was restrained controlling the maximum restraint load at four different levels. Primarily depending on fraction of the cladding thickness oxidized, the claddings fractured into two pieces during the quench, with circumferential cracking. The fracture/non-fracture threshold as for the oxidized fraction decreases as both initial hydrogen concentration and axial restraint load increase. Consequently, it was shown that the threshold is higher than 20% cladding oxidation, e.g. sufficiently higher than the limit in the Japanese ECCS acceptance criteria, irrespective of hydrogen concentration, when the restraint load is below 535 N.

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Investigation of hydride rim effect on failure of Zircaloy-4 cladding with tube burst test

Nagase, Fumihisa; Fuketa, Toyoshi

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 42(1), p.58 - 65, 2005/01

 Times Cited Count:38 Percentile:91.94(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Tube burst tests have been performed with artificially hydrided Zircaloy-4 specimens at room temperature and at 620 K. Pressurization rate was increased to a maximum of 3.4 GPa/s in order to simulate rapid PCMI that occurs in high burnup fuel rods during a pulse-irradiation in the NSRR. Hydrogen content in the specimens ranged from 150 to 1050 ppm. Hydrides were accumulated in the cladding periphery and formed "hydride rim" as observed in high burnup PWR fuel claddings. The hydrided cladding tubes failed with an axial crack at the room temperature tests. Brittle fracture appeared in the hydride rim, and failure morphology was similar to that observed in the NSRR experiments. The hydrides rim obviously reduced burst pressure and residual hoop strain at the tests. The residual hoop strain was very small even at 620 K when thickness of the hydride rim exceeded 18% of cladding thickness. The present result accordingly indicates an important role of the hydrides layer in high burnup fuel rod failure under RIA conditions.

Journal Articles

Influence of hydride re-orientation on BWR cladding rupture under accidental conditions

Nagase, Fumihisa; Fuketa, Toyoshi

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 41(12), p.1211 - 1217, 2004/12

 Times Cited Count:16 Percentile:71.69(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Hydride precipitation along the radial-axial plane increases in high burn-up BWR fuel claddings. The radial hydrides may have an important role during fuel behavior in a RIA and may reduce ductility of the cladding under PCMI conditions. In order to promote a better understanding of the influence of the radial hydrides on cladding failure behavior under the PCMI conditions, tube burst tests were conducted for unirradiated BWR claddings charged with 200 to 650 ppm of hydrogen. About 20 to 30% of hydrides were re-oriented and precipitated along the radial-axial plane. The claddings exhibited large burst openings with an axial crack at room temperature and 373 K. However, the influence of the radial hydrides on both burst pressure and residual hoop strain was very small. It is accordingly expected that ductility of high burn-up BWR cladding is significantly reduced not only by precipitation of radial hydrides as far as hydrogen concentration and radial hydride fraction range in the present study.

Journal Articles

Effect of absorbed hydrogen on the stress corrosion cracking (SCC) susceptibility of unirradiated Zircaloy cladding

Amaya, Masaki; Fuketa, Toyoshi

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 41(11), p.1091 - 1099, 2004/11

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Effect of absorbed hydrogen on the stress corrosion cracking (SCC) susceptibility of unirradiated Zircaloy cladding was examined. The data obtained from literatures show that the ratios of SCC threshold stress ($$sigma$$$$_{th}$$) to 0.2% yield stress ($$sigma$$$$_{0.2}$$) in unirradiated Zircaloy claddings increase with increasing hydrogen contents below 60 ppm, irrespective of the kind of Zircaloy-2 and -4. Thermodynamic calculations were carried out for the reaction between iodine gas and zirconium containing hydrogen. The results suggested that the reactions hardly occurred at increased hydrogen content and zirconium reacted with iodine gas only below 90 ppm of hydrogen. Since these tendencies correspond to those of the ratios of $$sigma$$$$_{th}$$ to $$sigma$$$$_{0.2}$$ on the hydrogen content, it is considered that hydrogen affects the reactions between iodine gas and zirconium and reduces the SCC susceptibility of Zircaloy claddings.

Journal Articles

Results from simulated LOCA experiments with high burnup PWR fuel claddings

Nagase, Fumihisa; Fuketa, Toyoshi

Proceedings of 2004 International Meeting on LWR Fuel Performance, p.500 - 506, 2004/09

A systematic research program is being conducted at the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI), which aims at a wide range database for evaluating the influence of further burnup extension on fuel behavior under LOCA conditions. As a part of the program, integral thermal shock tests simulating the whole LOCA sequence have been conducted with Zircaloy-4 fuel claddings, irradiated to 39 and 44GWd/t at a PWR. One cladding, oxidized to about 30% ECR, fractured during the quench. The fracture condition agrees with the fracture criteria for non-irradiated claddings that have similar hydrogen concentrations (about 25% ECR). Two claddings, oxidized to about 16 and 18% ECR, survived the quench, indicating that fracture/non-fracture boundary is not reduced so significantly by irradiation for the examined burnup range. The present paper describes information obtained from the tests including oxidation kinetics and rupture behavior.

Journal Articles

Effect of pre-hydriding on thermal shock resistance of Zircaloy-4 cladding under simulated loss-of-coolant accident conditions

Nagase, Fumihisa; Fuketa, Toyoshi

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 41(7), p.723 - 730, 2004/07

 Times Cited Count:41 Percentile:92.27(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Experiments simulating loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA) conditions were performed to evaluate effect of pre-hydriding on thermal-shock resistance of oxidized Zircaloy-4 cladding. Artificially hydrided (400 to 600 ppm) and non-hydrided claddings were subjected to the tests. Since cladding fracture on quenching primarily depends on the oxidation amount, fracture threshold was evaluated in terms of "Equivalent Cladding Reacted (ECR)". Under axially non-restrained condition, the fracture threshold is 56% ECR and the influence of pre-hydriding is not seen. The fracture threshold is decreased by restraining the test rods on quenching, and it is more remarkable in pre-hydrided claddings than in non-hydrided claddings. Consequently, the fracture threshold was 20% ECR and 10% ECR for non-hydrided and pre-hydrided claddings, respectively, under the fully restrained condition. These results indicate possible decrease of fracture threshold of high burnup fuel claddings under LOCA conditions.

Journal Articles

Recent results from LOCA study at JAERI

Nagase, Fumihisa; Fuketa, Toyoshi

NUREG/CP-0185, p.321 - 331, 2004/00

With a view to obtaining basic data to evaluate high burnup fuel behavior under loss of coolant accident (LOCA) conditions, a research program is being conducted at the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI). The program consists of integral thermal shock tests and other separate tests for oxidation rate and mechanical property of fuel claddings. Prior to the tests on irradiated claddings, the tests have been conducted on non-irradiated claddings to examine separate effects of corrosion and hydrogen absorption during reactor operation. Hydrogen effects have been especially examined because hydrogen absorption has the great impact on cladding embrittlement. The tests on irradiated claddings have recently been started and preliminary results have been obtained. The present paper summarizes recent results from those studies.

Journal Articles

Oxidation kinetics of low-Sn Zircaloy-4 at the temperature range from 773 to 1573 K

Nagase, Fumihisa; Otomo, Takashi; Uetsuka, Hiroshi

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 40(4), p.213 - 219, 2003/04

 Times Cited Count:60 Percentile:95.9(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Isothermal oxidation tests in flowing steam were performed on low-Sn Zircaloy-4 cladding tubes over the wide temperature range from 773 to 1573 K in order to obtain oxidation kinetics applicable to various loss-of-coolant accident conditions of LWRs. The oxidation generally obeys a parabolic rate law for the examined time range up to 3600s at temperatures from 1273 K to 1573K, and for a limited time range up to 900s from 773 to 1253 K. A cubic rate law is preferable for evaluating the longer-term oxidation at 1253 K and below. The parabolic rate law constant and the cubic rate law constant for measured weight gain were evaluated at every examined temperature, and Arrhenius-type equations were determined in order to describe the temperature dependence of the rate constants. It was indicated that the change of the oxidation kinetics from the cubic to the parabolic rate and the discontinuities in the temperature dependence of the rate constants are caused by the monoclinic/tetragonal phase transformation of ZrO$$_{2}$$.

JAEA Reports

Mechanical properties changes of high burnup PWR fuel cladding by temperature transient

Nagase, Fumihisa; Uetsuka, Hiroshi

JAERI-Research 2002-023, 23 Pages, 2002/11

JAERI-Research-2002-023.pdf:1.94MB

To obtain basic data to evaluate fuel rod integrity during abnormal transient and accident of LWRs, high burnup PWR fuel claddings were heated for 0 to 600s at temperatures of 673 through 1173K, and the mechanical property changes were examined by using ring tensile test at room temperature. As a result of the test, it was shown that strength and ductility of the cladding are changed depending on heating temperature and time. The mechanical property changes by temperature transients are considered to be correspondent mainly to recovery of irradiation defect, recovery and recrystallization of the Zircaloy, phase transformations, and associated change of the hydride distribution and morphology. Comparison with unirradiated claddings suggested that irradiation effects are not completely annealed out by the short-term annealing at high temepratures. Radial change of hydrogen concentration was measured for the high burnup PWR fuel cladding and very high hydrogen concentration of about 2400wtppm was detected at the cladding periphery.

Journal Articles

Study of high burnup fuel behavior under LOCA conditions at JAERI; Hydrogen effects on the failure-bearing capability of cladding tubes

Nagase, Fumihisa; Uetsuka, Hiroshi

NUREG/CP-0176, p.335 - 342, 2002/05

no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

Influence of hydrogen absorption and neutron irradiation on mechanical properties of zircaloy-4 and MDA (Joint research)

Nagase, Fumihisa; Sugano, Mitsuteru*; Ozawa, Masaaki*; Komatsu, Kazushi*; Furuta, Teruo*

JAERI-Research 2001-008, 61 Pages, 2001/03

JAERI-Research-2001-008.pdf:2.62MB

no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

High-pressurization-rate burst test of hydrided zircaloy-4 fuel cladding at 620K

Nagase, Fumihisa; Otomo, Takashi; Uetsuka, Hiroshi

JAERI-Research 2000-046, 31 Pages, 2000/12

JAERI-Research-2000-046.pdf:3.72MB

no abstracts in English

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