Development of a Dynamic Loading Apparatus for Investigating Strategies that Mitigate Stress Corrosion Cracking in Nuclear Fuel Elements
37th Annual CNS-CNA Student Conference - 2013 June 11


Presented at:
37th Annual CNS-CNA Student Conference
2013 June 11
Location:
Toronto, Canada
Session Title:
Student Conference Session

Authors:
Dylan Pierce (Royal Military College of Canada)
Graham A. Ferrier (Royal Military College of Canada)
Paul K Chan (Royal Military College of Canada)
Emily C. Corcoran (Royal Military College of Canada)
  

Abstract

Iodine-induced stress corrosion cracking (I-SCC) is a dynamic process that can initiate the structural failure of fuel elements in a nuclear reactor. Consequently, as an affordable way to investigate I-SCC in the laboratory, a dynamic loading apparatus was designed to realistically reproduce the chemical and mechanical conditions during a fuel power-ramp operation in a nuclear reactor. This apparatus will significantly improve upon established C-ring SCC tests and will be a valuable tool for developing novel SCC mitigation strategies. This paper outlines the design and development of the dynamic loading SCC testing apparatus at the Royal Military College of Canada.

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