JOM

, 63:73

Thermal conductivity of UO2 fuel: Predicting fuel performance from simulation

Authors

    • Department of Materials Science and EngineeringUniversity of Florida
  • Anter El-Azab
    • Computational Science Department & Materials Science ProgramFlorida State University
  • Aleksandr Chernatynskiy
    • Department of Materials Science and EngineeringUniversity of Florida
  • James S. Tulenko
    • Nuclear Engineering Program and Department of Materials Science and EngineeringUniversity of Florida
Advanced Fuel Performance: Modeling and Simulation Research Summary

DOI: 10.1007/s11837-011-0143-x

Cite this article as:
Phillpot, S.R., El-Azab, A., Chernatynskiy, A. et al. JOM (2011) 63: 73. doi:10.1007/s11837-011-0143-x

Abstract

Recent progress in understanding the thermal-transport properties of UO2 for fission reactors is reviewed from the perspective of computer simulations. A path to incorporating more accurate materials models into fuel performance codes is outlined. In particular, it is argued that a judiciously integrated program of atomic-level simulations and mesoscale simulations offers the possibility of both better predicting the thermal-transport properties of UO2 in light-water reactors and enabling the assessment of the thermal performances of novel fuel systems for which extensive experimental databases are not available.

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