We propose a model describing the HBS formation and the progressive intra-granular xenon depletion in UO2. The HBS formation is modeled employing the Kolmogorov-Johnson-Mehl-Avrami (KJMA) formalism for phase transformations, which has been fitted to experimental data on the restructured volumetric fraction as a function of the local effective burnup. To this end, we employed available experimental data and novel data extracted in this work. The HBS formation model is coupled to a description of the intra-granular fission gas behavior, allowing to estimate the evolution of the retained xenon in order to consistently compute fission gas retention and its effect on the fuel matrix swelling. The satisfactory agreement of the model predictions to experimental data and state-of-the-art models’ results, in terms of both xenon depletion and fuel matrix swelling as a function of the local burnup, paves the way to the inclusion of the model in fuel performance codes.

Modeling high burnup structure in oxide fuels for application to fuel performance codes. part I: High burnup structure formation

T Barani;D. Pizzocri;L. Luzzi;
2020

Abstract

We propose a model describing the HBS formation and the progressive intra-granular xenon depletion in UO2. The HBS formation is modeled employing the Kolmogorov-Johnson-Mehl-Avrami (KJMA) formalism for phase transformations, which has been fitted to experimental data on the restructured volumetric fraction as a function of the local effective burnup. To this end, we employed available experimental data and novel data extracted in this work. The HBS formation model is coupled to a description of the intra-granular fission gas behavior, allowing to estimate the evolution of the retained xenon in order to consistently compute fission gas retention and its effect on the fuel matrix swelling. The satisfactory agreement of the model predictions to experimental data and state-of-the-art models’ results, in terms of both xenon depletion and fuel matrix swelling as a function of the local burnup, paves the way to the inclusion of the model in fuel performance codes.
High burnup structure, Intra-granular fission gas behavior, Oxide fuel, Xenon depletion, Fuel performance codes.
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