Study of the thermo-mechanical behaviour of an innovative multi-layered ceramic-based nuclear fuel cladding
Document typeMaster thesis (pre-Bologna period)
Rights accessOpen Access
The CEA is the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives). It is a public body established in October 1945 by General de Gaulle. A leader in research, development and innovation, the CEA mission statement has two main objectives: To become the leading technological research organization in Europe and to ensure that the nuclear deterrent remains effective in the future. The CEA is based in ten research centres in France, each specializing in specific fields. The laboratories are located in the Paris region, the Rhône-Alpes, the Rhône valley, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, Aquitaine, Central France and Burgundy. The Cadarache facility at the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region is one of the largest nuclear research sites in Europe, hosting 21 fixed nuclear installations, including reactors, waste stockpiling and recycling facilities and research centres. It employs over 4,500 people, and approximately 350 students and foreign collaborators carry out research in the facility‟s laboratories. CEA-Cadarache„s host laboratory is the LC2I (Conception and Irradiation Laboratory for Innovative Nuclear Fuels). This laboratory, directed by Mme Sylvie Pillon, is dependant of the SESC (Fuel‟s Behavior Study and Simulation Service), itself included in the DEC (Fuel‟s Study Department). DEC belongs do the DEN (Energy Nuclear Direction) LC2I mission is to conceive, to dimension and to qualify fuel assemblies for fast neutron nuclear reactors and to design and perform in-core radiation experiences. The team is composed by 14 engineers, one technician and one secretary. The specialities are mainly thermo-mechanics and thermo-hydraulics but with extended knowledge in various fields from materials to computer assisted conception, all merging in the nuclear engineering field.