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Meeting 2023 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Symposium Ceramic Materials for Nuclear Energy Research and Applications
Sponsorship TMS Structural Materials Division
TMS: Nuclear Materials Committee
TMS: Mechanical Behavior of Materials Committee
TMS: Energy Committee
Organizer(s) Walter G. Luscher, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Xian-Ming Bai, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Lingfeng He, North Carolina State University
Sudipta Biswas, Idaho National Laboratory
Simon C. Middleburgh, Bangor University
Scope Nuclear energy is an integral component of any viable clean energy strategy and ceramic materials play a critical role in nuclear energy production and research. Ceramic oxides are the most commonly utilized fuel form in commercial energy production. Uranium dioxide (UO2) is typically used in light water reactors (LWRs) and the experience base with mixed oxide (MOX) fuels is growing. In addition to fuel forms, ceramics and ceramic coatings are being developed for alternative reactors and advanced cladding concepts. Specifically, there has been significant efforts to incorporate silicon carbide (SiC) in accident tolerant fuel (ATF) concepts. Beyond fission, ceramic materials are also an integral component of future fusion reactor designs as well (e.g., tritium-breeding ceramic materials). Finally, ceramics are being evaluated for potential end-of-life waste forms due to their ability to immobilize hazardous radionuclides. This symposium focuses on both experimental and computational modeling studies of ceramics for nuclear energy research and applications. Both practical reactor materials and surrogate materials are of interest. The topics of interest include but are not limited to: defect production and evolution; mobility, dissolution, and precipitation of solid, volatile, and gaseous fission products; structure-property correlations; degradation of mechanical properties and structural integrity; and radiation-induced phase changes. Experimental studies using various advanced characterization techniques for characterizing radiation effects in ceramics are of particular interest. Techniques such as laboratory ion beam accelerators, research and test reactors, as well as commercial nuclear power reactors are all of interest. Computational studies across different scales from atomistic to the continuum are all welcome. Contributions focused on novel fuels such as doped UO2, high density uranium fuels like uranium nitrides and silicides, and coatings for accident-tolerant fuel claddings are also encouraged. This symposium is intended to bring together national laboratory, university, and nuclear industry researchers from around the world to discuss the current understanding of the radiation response of ceramics through experiment, theory and multi-scale modeling. Presentations on SiC-related topics will be coordinated with concurrent symposia on composites to minimize overlap.
Abstracts Due 07/17/2022
Proceedings Plan Planned:
PRESENTATIONS APPROVED FOR THIS SYMPOSIUM INCLUDE

Advanced Characterization and Modeling of Nanoprecipitates in Spent Nuclear Fuel
Atomic scale simulation of amorphous intergranular films in nuclear fuel materials
Atomistic-scale simulations used to simulate creep in oxide fuel
Atomistic and mesoscale modeling of fission gas and fission products diffusivity in TRISO fuel kernels
Atomistic investigation of radiation-induced defects in ThO2
Cluster dynamics modeling of defects and fission gas in Gd doped UO2 under irradiation
Comparison of the electronic transport of UN and ThN versus ThC
Comprehensive characterization of damage in ion irradiated ceramics for validation of atomistic models
Defect chemistry and radiation stability of (Gd & Zr) co-doped UO2
Development of UC/UO2 Composite Fuels for Light Water Reactors
Diffusion properties in uranium-plutonium mixed oxides: atomic scale investigation of the effect of composition and chemical disorder
Emulation of Microstructures and Tritium Behavior in Lithium Aluminate by Ion Irradiation
Hidden defect evolution mechanism in ThO2 revealed by atomistic modeling
High-Entropy Carbide Ceramics: New Materials for Extreme Environments in Nuclear Energy Applications
Impact of Resonance Scattering on the Thermal Conductivity of ThO2
Improving uranium mononitride behaviour using uranium diboride addition
Irradiation- and dopant-induced structural changes in ceramic nuclear fuels probed via elastic and optical properties
Low-temperature fabrication of ceramic tritium breeder materials, for enhanced control of microstructure and phase formation
Microstructural characterization of neutron irradiated concrete minerals
Microstructural, Mechanical and Thermal Characterization of High Entropy Carbide Ceramics
Modelling the melting temperature of CrUO4 to assess its behaviour during the sintering of Cr-doped UO2
Multiphysics Modeling of High Burnup UO2 at Mesoscale
Multiscale Modeling for High-burnup Structure Formation in UO2
Oxidation Behavior and Mechanisms of the SiC Coating in TRISO Fuel Particles
Phase equilibria and thermodynamics of tri-carbide fuels for nuclear thermal propulsion
Predicting mechanical behavior of Uranium oxide fuel pellets using full-field defect diffusion modeling in a crystal plasticity framework
Quantifying irradiation-induced defects in SiC and WC through stored energy measurements of radiation damage
Quantifying the impact of fast interface diffusion and free surface evolution on fission gas release in UO2 using a phase-field model
Radiation Damage in Lithium Oxide, a Surrogate for Beryllium Carbide
Radiation damage of ion-irradiated high entropy ceramics
Radiation shielding ceramics with enhanced performance and scalability
Radiation studies on the TiZrNbHfTa high entropy alloy and its hydrides.
Relating Microstructural Evolution and Stoichiometry to Tritium Release from Ternary Lithium Ceramics
Revealing The Microstructure and Irradiation Effects on UO2 Fracture Via Coupled Phase-Field and MD Simulations Approach
Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy of Nanoprecipitates in Spent UO2 Nuclear Fuel
Silica Formation on SiC Following Steam Attack
Simulation of irradiation-induced bubble over-pressurization and application in fuel performance
Soft X-ray Synchrotron Radiation Spectromicroscopy of Spent Nuclear Fuel Focused Ion Beam Sections
Surface Modification Strategies for Hydrogen Retention in Hydride Moderators
Susceptibility of Nuclear Fuel Ceramics to Oxidation and Hydridization during Off Normal Events
Thermomechanical characterization of advanced reactor alloys and composites exposed to high-temperature gas environments
Uranium Silicide Processing for Advanced Reactors
Zirconia-coated uranic fuel particles processing and in situ sintering characterisation


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