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Experimental characterization of PCI impact on vibrating fuel rod under axial turbulent flow representative of JHR irradiation device ADELINE: Set-up conception and measurement method

Abstract : Mechanical loading originating due to PelletCladding Interaction (PCI) in PWR nuclear fuel rod constitutes a first order importance phenomenon when attempting at increasing the flexibility of nuclear reactors operation to follow grid demand. The need to improve the understanding of such complex multi-physics phenomena motivates the realization of particular irradiation sequences carried out in highly instrumented devices located in Material Testing Reactors. Among this kind, ADELINE irradiation device is being developed and will be installed in the future Jules Horowitz Reactor. In the perspective of designing the adapted measurement methodology to detect and characterize PCI phenomenology during irradiation, we present in this paper the experimental bench and its associated measurement program, designed to investigate eventual effects of PCI on the non-linear, flow induced vibrations of nuclear fuel rod. Analytical and numerical models cannot predictively describe the system due to the complexity of phenomena thus the IMPIGRITIA experimental set-up has been developed to reproduce the mechanical interaction between the pellet and the clad at low pressure, room temperature and out of neutron flux. The designed test bench presents a clamped free single short rod, centred in the test section by mean of four centring elements. Different rod configurations are implemented and localized closure of the gap is remotely realized by means of a dilatation system. Laser Doppler Vibrometry is used to measure the transversal displacement of the sample rod in three different conditions: in air, in stagnant water and under turbulent axial flow rate. The experimental program and expected results are presented and discussed.
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V. d'Ambrosi, S. Breaud, C. Destouches, G. Ricciardi, F. Lebon, et al.. Experimental characterization of PCI impact on vibrating fuel rod under axial turbulent flow representative of JHR irradiation device ADELINE: Set-up conception and measurement method. ANIMMA 2019 - International conference on Advancements in Nuclear Instrumentation Measurements Methods ans their Applications, Jun 2019, Portoroz, Slovenia. ⟨cea-02339454⟩

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