Conference Proceedings Paper
Advanced Finite Element Modelling of a Horizontal Fuel Element using a Multiphysics Object-Oriented Simulation Environment
37th Annual CNS-CNA Student Conference - 2013 June 11
Kyle Gamble (Royal Military College of Canada)
Paul K Chan (Royal Military College of Canada)
The thermal and mechanical behavior of nuclear fuel is a complex and highly coupled system. Predictive capabilities of current computer models are limited because of the high computational requirements. The larger the model becomes the less physics that can be included. The purpose of this work is to use the Multiphysics Object-Oriented Simulation Environment (MOOSE) developed at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to produce a software application capable of modeling a horizontal nuclear fuel element with the ability to change the fuel type from stoichiometric UO2 to hyperstoichiometric UO2 and thoria-based fuels. The preliminary results of the first phase of this project will be presented.
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