DEBRIS-FRETTING TEST OF COATED AND UNCOATED ZR-1%NB CLADDING

Marcin Kopeć, Martina Malá, Ladislav Cvrček, Jakub Krejčí

Abstract


Debris fretting is one of the most significant fuel rod failure causes. An approach to mitigate this is to apply special coatings on the surface of the cladding that are supposed to increase the wear resistance. This paper summarizes the experiments performed in Research Centre Rež on fuel cladding tube specimens. The tube segments made of uncoated and coated Zr-1%Nb alloy were exposed to fretting tests simulating the wire-debris vibrations impact on cladding during the reactor operation. The goal of these tests is to obtain results about the differences in wear resistance of uncoated and coated specimens. This paper shows the testing procedure in the air at room temperature and obtained impact markings on the specimens’ surfaces.

Keywords


Cladding, fretting, nuclear fuel.

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ISSN 2336-5382 (Online)
Published by the Czech Technical University in Prague