Multiscale Modeling of Cr2O3-doped UO2 Creep and Fracture [report]

Kyle Gamble, Michael D. Cooper
2021 unpublished
The pursuit of UO 2 fuel with various dopants (e.g., Cr 2 O 3 and Al 2 O 3 ) for improved accident tolerance due to larger grain sizes and suspected reductions in fission gas release and creep requires advanced modeling and simulation tools. Such tools enable rapid multiscale development and enhanced understanding of material behavior in regimes for which experimental measurements may be lacking. This work builds on previous multiscale modeling efforts targeting the fission gas behavior of Cr 2
more » ... O 3 -doped UO 2 , in order to begin exploring the effects of dopants on mechanical properties, with a particular focus on creep and fracture. The results indicate that dislocation climb is the most dominate creep mechanism at almost all temperatures, and sensitivity analyses provide evidence in further support of this claim. The limited experimental data generated by the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Fuels Campaign (AFC) on the tensile strength of Cr 2 O 3 -doped UO 2 indicate that fracture may be less severe in doped specimens. The results on creep and fracture are preliminary, given the large degree of uncertainty associated with the models.
doi:10.2172/1826371 fatcat:igiz2q42ifdzzohdy7ho5phf74