APPLICATION OF GUIDED WAVE TECHNOLOGY FOR DETECTING DEFECTS IN FUEL RODS
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 2: Special Topics (cont'd.)

Authors:
J. Beale (EPRI)
M. Quarry (EPRI)
R. Daum (EPRI)
  

Abstract

EPRI has applied guided wave technology for the purpose of detecting failed fuel rods while simultaneously locating the defect on the fuel rod. Both top and side access probes have been developed for light water reactor fuel rods. Demonstration of this technology in simulated poolside conditions have proven effective and plant demonstrations for light water reactors are in development. EPRI plans to extend this technology to CANDU fuel in order to facilitate detecting defected tubes, particularly those in the center of a bundle. The access and application of the technology for CANDU fuel is promising and the project is in the initiation phase. Results on LWR fuel rods and the reasoning for thinking the application to CANDU fuel will be successful are presented.

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