|About this Abstract
||7th World Congress on Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME 2023)
||HIP Diffusion Bonding Process Modeling for Fabrication of U-10Mo LEU Fuel
||Taylor Mason, Patrick Mcneff, Rajib Kalsar, Yucheng Fu, Kriston P Brooks, Naveen Karri, Vineet Joshi
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
Uranium-10Mo alloy has been identified as a promising low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel candidate to replace high enriched uranium oxide dispersion fuel (HEU) for use in United States high performance research reactors. Aluminum alloy 6061 (AA6061) cladding encapsulates the U-10Mo fuel foil and is diffusion bonded using hot isostatic pressing (HIP). Limited research has been performed to understand the effect of key HIP parameters on the minimum cladding thickness and strength of the cladding bond. This research has combined finite element modeling with experimental studies on a range of HIP can assembly configurations to evaluate their resulting fuel cladding properties. The experimental work informed the thermal and stress finite element models to predict and elucidate the effect of differing HIP can assembly configurations and process parameters on resulting U-10Mo LEU fuel product. This work identified the main factors for inhibiting heat transfer and producing min clad within the fuel product.