Processing and microstructural characterisation of UO2-based simulated spent nuclear fuel ceramics for the UK`s advanced gas-cooled reactors

Zoltan Hiezl
Processing and characterisation of depleted UO2-based Simulated Spent Nuclear Fuel (SIMFuel), which aims to replicate both chemistry and microstructure of Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) discharged from a UK Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor (AGR) after a prolonged cooling time is described in this thesis. Thirteen fission product surrogates were blended with depleted UO2 and sintered to simulate the composition of fuel pellets after burn-ups of 25 and 43 GWd/t U. Pure depleted UO2 pellets were also investigated...
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