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Sister Rod Destructive Examinations (FY21)...

by Rosemary A Montgomery, Bruce B Bevard
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ORNL Report
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As a part of DOE NE High Burnup Spent Fuel Data Project, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is performing destructive examinations (DEs) of high burnup (HBU) (>45 GWd/MTU) spent nuclear fuel (SNF) rods from the North Anna Nuclear Power Station operated by Dominion Energy. The SNF rods, called sister rods or sibling rods, are all HBU and include four different kinds of fuel rod cladding: standard Zircaloy-4 (Zirc-4), low-tin (LT) Zirc-4, ZIRLO, and M5. This report documents the status of the ORNL Phase 1 DEs of 7 sister rods and outlines the DE tasks performed and the data collected to date, as guided by the sister rod test plans.