Conference Proceedings Paper
ESTABLISHING AND SUSTAINING A TECHNICAL PROGRAM TO ACHIEVE ZERO FUEL FAILURES
13th International Conference on CANDU Fuel - 2016 Aug. 15-18
S. Goodchild (Member - OPG)
In 2006, Chief Nuclear Officers (CNOs) of electric utilities operating 103 commercial reactors in the United States (U.S.) formally endorsed an initiative to achieve failure-free fuel performance by the end of 2010. This became known as the Zero-by-Ten Fuel Failure Initiative. Support of the Initiative manifested during a meeting at the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) while reviewing poor nuclear fuel performance trends. This paper provides a brief review of some of the drivers that caused those trends, the Initiative elements designed to address them, and a review of the technical program that helped achieve, and thus far sustain, improved fuel performance.
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