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Development of Nuclear Light Water Reactor Accident Tolerant Fuel

Development of Nuclear Light Water Reactor Accident Tolerant Fuel

GE Research is leading the development of nuclear light water reactor fuels with Global Nuclear Fuels and Los Alamos National Laboratories. Development of a new fuel cladding material will raise the bar even higher for safety, durability and reliability. 

GE Research is leveraging it's world class expertise and capabilities such as high temperature autoclave corrosion testing, material characterization, reliability testing and pilot scale fabrication equipment for the development of new materials along with reliability testing to ensure excellent performance under normal operating and severe accident conditions.  

Project Impact

This GE Research-led project has gone from inception to obtaining regulatory test assembly approvals and actual testing of cladding material in a commercial reactor within 5 years of work.  Field tests of the new fuel cladding materials are already taking place at Southern Nuclear's Hatch Nuclear Power Plant.  Additional testing is planned in 2019 at Exelon Generations Clinton Nuclear Power Plant.

Acknowledgment/Disclaimer: This material is based upon work supported by the Dept. of Energy [National Nuclear Security Administration] under Award Number DE-NE0008823.
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