FUEL BUNDLE PASSAGE IN AGED FUEL CHANNELS
13th International Conference on CANDU Fuel - 2016 Aug. 15-18


Presented at:
13th International Conference on CANDU Fuel
2016 Aug. 15-18
Location:
Kingston, ON Canada
Session Title:
Session 1: Performance, Reliability & Operational Experience (cont'd.)

Authors:
P. Gillespie (Stern Labs)
J. Snell (Stern Labs)
E. KØhn (AMEC Foster Wheeler, Canada)
  

Abstract

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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