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Fuel Design Support for the Advanced CANDU Reactor - Atomic Energy of Canada Limited

Expert staff augmentation for the design of Advanced CANDU Reactor fuel

The AECL ACR reactor uses a unique 43-element CANDU fuel design incorporating first-of-a-kind  features such as a larger diameter centre element containing burnable neutron absorber and smaller diameter LEU elements.

The design needs to be specified and qualified to meet the latest standards and regulatory requirements.

Kinectrics provided skilled staff with expertise in key qualification areas such as stress corrosion cracking, fuel element deformation, fission gas production / release, thermal analysis and material properties.

Work performed by our technical staff included:

  • A number of analyses and activities critical to the design verification
  • Contribution to the design of new computational tools needed to assess fuel performance
  • Assistance with the oversight of qualification testing
  • Development of strategies, and assessment of fuel performance during Anticipated Operational Occurrences
  • Provision of training on uncertainty analysis techniques    

About This Case Study

Industry Sector

  • Generation

Generation Type

  • Nuclear

Nature of Service

  • Design
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  • Consulting
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  • Analysis

Client Assets

  • Nuclear Fuel

Tags

  • Stress Corrosion Cracking
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  • Candesco
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  • CANDU
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  • Materials Assessment