Selenium Fuel : Surface Engineering Of U(Mo) Particles To Optimise Fuel Performance

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As part of the SELENIUM (Surface Engineered Low ENrIched Uranium-Molybdenum fuel) project, SCK•CEN has built a sputter coater for PVD magnetron sputter coating of particles in collaboration with the University of Ghent. The coater is equipped with three 3 inch magnetron sputter heads, allowing deposition of 3 different elements or a single element at high deposition speed. The particles are slowly rotated in a drum to produce homogeneous layer thicknesses. The coater is primarily designed for the coating of U(Mo) particles with materials that will avoid formation of the U(Mo)-matrix interaction phase or improve its properties. This development allows optimisation of the Si incorporation in research reactor fuel currently under investigation for the qualification of U(Mo) fuel.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRRFM 2010 Transactions
Place of PublicationBrussels, Belgium
Publication statusPublished - 25 Mar 2010
EventRRFM 2010 - 14th ENS Topical Meeting on Research Reactor Fuel Management - European Nuclear Society, Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 21 Mar 201025 Mar 2010

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NameResearch Reactor Fuel Management Conferences


ConferenceRRFM 2010 - 14th ENS Topical Meeting on Research Reactor Fuel Management
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  • U(Mo), research reactor fuel, silicon

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