ICN - Pitesti

FUEL CHANNEL


Main research areas:

  • Corrosion and Hydrogen absorption, DHC Phenomenon;
  • Deformation mechanics and irradiation behavior;
  • Techniques and methods for non-destructive evaluation;
  • Fuel Channel Maintenance Technologies;
  • Technologies, methods, examination equipment for irradiated pressure tubes;
  • Structural integrity assessment.

Main research results:

  • Test in thermo-mechanical conditions specific to operating conditions of irradiated on non-irradiated material (Zr-2.5%Nb);
  • Studies on crack initiation and propagation under DHC conditions;
  • Assessment of the parameters specific to breaking mechanics;
  • Corrosion testing;
  • Database development: (Zr-2.5%Nb) alloy;
  • Finite elements analyses on components with crack type defects or blunt defect;
  • "Fitness-for-Service"-type of analyses, according to the methodology applied in the API 579 or BS 7910 standards;
  • "Fitness-for-Service"- type of assessments for the Fuel Channels, in accordance with the requirements of the Canadian Standard CSA CAN-N285.4-05 "Technical Requirements for In Service Evaluation of Zirconium Alloy Pressure Tubes in CANDU Reactors".

Contact person: Dr. Vasile RADU; e-mail: vasile.radu@nuclear.ro

Last modified: 06-02-2014.


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