EXPERIMENTAL AND THERMODYNAMIC ASSESSMENT OF BERYLLIUM-REPLACEMENT MATERIALS FOR CANDU® BRAZED JOINTS
35th Annual CNS Conference - 2015 May 31 - June 3


Presented at:
35th Annual CNS Conference
2015 May 31 - June 3
Location:
Saint John, Canada
Session Title:
1A4 - Nuclear Materials

Authors:
K. N. Potter (Royal Military College of Canada)
G. A. Ferrier (Royal Military College of Canada)
F. C. Dimayuga (Canadian Nuclear Laboratories)
E. C. Corcoran (Royal Military College of Canada)
  

Abstract

Currently, appendages are joined to CANDU® fuel elements via a brazing process, with beryllium as the filler material. A potential reduction in the occupational limit on airborne beryllium particulates has motivated research into alternative brazing materials. To this end, the Canadian nuclear industry has funded an initiative to identify and evaluate the suitability of several candidate brazing materials. This work describes contributions toward the assessment of alternative brazing materials from the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC). An impact testing method was developed to evaluate the mechanical strength of candidate braze joints. Thermodynamic modelling was performed to predict the aqueous behaviour of each candidate material in CANDU coolant conditions characteristic of reactor shutdown, and corrosion experiments are underway to support modelling predictions. The results of these activities will assist in selecting a suitable replacement material for beryllium.

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