Instant release fraction corrosion studies of commercial UO2 BWR spent nuclear fuel
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The instant release fraction of a spent nuclear fuel is a matter of concern in the performance assessment of a deep geological repository since it increases the radiological risk. Corrosion studies of two different spent nuclear fuels were performed using bicarbonate water under oxidizing conditions to study their instant release fraction. From each fuel, cladded segments and powder samples obtained at different radial positions were used. The results were normalised using the specific surface area to permit a comparison between fuels and samples. Different radionuclide dissolution patterns were studied in terms of water contact availability and radial distribution in the spent nuclear fuel. The relationship between the results of this work and morphological parameters like the grain size or irradiation parameters such as the burn-up or the linear power density was studied in order to increase the understanding of the instant release fraction formation.
CitationMartinez, A., Serrano-Purroy, D., Sureda, R., Casas, I., Pablo, J. Instant release fraction corrosion studies of commercial UO2 BWR spent nuclear fuel. "Journal of nuclear materials", 1 Maig 2017, vol. 488, p. 302-313.