EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 225, 2020ANIMMA 2019 – Advancements in Nuclear Instrumentation Measurement Methods and their Applications
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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
CEA, DEN, DER, Instrumentation Sensors and Dosimetry Laboratory,
* V. D’Ambrosi, C. Destouches and S. Breaud were with the CEA, DEN, DER, Instrumentation Sensors and Dosimetry Laboratory, Cadarache, F-13108 St Paul Lez Durance, France (email veronica.d’email@example.com)
G. Ricciardi was with CEA Cadarache - DEN/DTN/STCP/LTHC, 13108 Saint Paul ls Durance, France
F. Lebon and E. Sarrouy were with Aix Marseille Univ, CNRS, Centrale Marseille, LMA, Marseille, France
J. M. Gatt, J. Julien and D. Parrat were with DEN/DEC, French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) F- 13108 St-Paul-lez- Durance - France
Published online: 20 January 2020
Mechanical loading originating due to Pellet- Cladding Interaction (PCI) in PWR nuclear fuel rod constitutes a first order importance phenomenon when attempting at increasing the flexibility o f n uclear r eactors o peration t o f ollow 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 i nduced v ibrations o fuclear fuel r od. A nalytical 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. T he d esigned 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 r ate. T he experimental program and expected results are presented and discussed
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