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Journal: Urania Jurnal Ilmiah Daur Bahan Bakar Nuklir (Vol.21, No. 1)

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Page : 9-18

Keywords : Interaction; U3Si2-Alfuel elements plate; AlMg2 cladding; pre and post irradiation.;

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INTERACTION OF U3Si2-Al FUEL ELEMENT WITH AlMg2 CLADDING ON POST IRRADIATION WITH LOADING OF URANIUM 2.96 gU/cm3 . Interaction of U3Si2-Al fuel element with AlMg2 cladding on post irradiation of 2.96 gU/cm3 loading of uranium (TMU) of U3Si2-Al fuel elements plate (PEB) has been analyzed. The purpose of this research is to study the changes of microstructure of nuclear fuel elements during iradiation in reactor core. Understanding on interaction of U3Si2-Al fuel meat with AlMg2 cladding onpre and post irradiation needed to study the influence of radiation on fuel elements plate. PEB U3Si2-Al with 2.96 gU/cm3 by size 10 × 10 mm were heated in DTA (Differential Thermal Analysis) furnace with temperature variation at 450, 550, 650, 900 and 1350oC to perform pre irradiation test.Post irradiation samples were cut by size 2 × 10 mm as many as three samples taken from bottom, middle, and top of PEB in hotcell.The metallography preparation for each pieces of pre and post irradiation samples of U3Si2-Al fuel elements platewith 2.96 gU/cm3 weredone through steps mounting, grinding, polishing, and etching.Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM-EDS) were used to observe the pre irradiation microstructure of fuel elements U3Si2-Al with AlMg2 cladding interaction, while the post irradiationmicrostructure were observed by optical microscope in hot cell. The result show the interaction of U3Si2 with Al matrix or AlMg2 cladding in pre irradiation PEB U3Si2-Aloccurred agglomeration formed new compouds of U(Al,Si)x and UAlx formation. Agglomeration formation on heated pre irradiation samples were bigger while heating temperature increased. The post irradiation sampels shoed the oxide layer were formed outside the AlMg2 cladding and the inner side of caldding that contact to the fuel meat formedlight-grey U(Al,Si)xlayer at 1-3 micron of thickness.

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