Development of nondestructive techniques for fuel cladding evaluation in hot cell

Tarja Jäppinen, Stefan Sandlin

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    Abstract

    In nuclear light water reactors (LWR), an effective heat transfer from the fuel through the fuel cladding to the water in the reactor is essential. Furthermore, the cladding should prevent the radionuclides in the fuel from contaminating the reactor circuit. During service the cladding suffers from damage by corrosion, microstructural changes, hydrogen pick-up, creep etc. Regular nondestructive evaluation in a hot cell is a relatively new complement to laborious destructive evaluation of in-service degradation of irradiated material. In this work the possibilities of laser ultrasonics and eddy current techniques in hot cells are presented. The main emphasis is on oxide thickness measurements and on detection of cracks and delaminations for oxide layers of tubular or planar fuel cladding materials. The detectability of hydrogen concentration in the cladding wall is also discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBaltica VIII
    Subtitle of host publicationLife Management and Maintenance for Power Plants
    Place of PublicationEspoo
    PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    Pages294-308
    Volume2
    ISBN (Electronic)978-951-38-7594-7
    ISBN (Print)978-951-38-7593-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
    EventBALTICA VIII - International Conference on Life Management and Maintenance for Power Plants - Helsinki-Stockholm, Finland
    Duration: 18 May 201020 May 2010

    Publication series

    SeriesVTT Symposium
    Number265
    ISSN0357-9387

    Conference

    ConferenceBALTICA VIII - International Conference on Life Management and Maintenance for Power Plants
    CountryFinland
    CityHelsinki-Stockholm
    Period18/05/1020/05/10

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