|About this Abstract
||2022 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
||Advanced Characterization and Modeling of Nuclear Fuels: Microstructure, Thermo-physical Properties
||Perspectives on Synchrotron Micro-computed Tomography and Serial Sectioning Applied to Metallic Nuclear Fuels
||Maria A. Okuniewski, Alejandro Figueroa Bengoa, Jonova Thomas
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
||Maria A. Okuniewski
Metallic nuclear fuels are utilized in a wide variety of applications from advanced reactor fuels to research and test reactor fuels. In order to predict the behavior of any fuel subjected to irradiation, a comprehensive three-dimensional (3-D) understanding of the microstructure is required. Both serial sectioning combined with energy dispersive spectroscopy within a scanning electron microscope and synchrotron micro-computed tomography techniques enable this 3-D perspective. However, each technique possesses its own attributes and challenges. This study presents a synopsis of these techniques, along with the benefits, challenges, and mitigations, applied to metallic fuel systems.