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REACTOR FUEL ELEMENTS AND RELATED METHODS

United States Patent Application

20130010915
A1
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Fuel elements for use in reactors include a cladding tube having a longitudinal axis and fuel disposed therein. At least one channel is formed in at least one of the fuel and the cladding tube and extends in a direction along the longitudinal axis of the cladding tube. The fuel element further includes a plenum having at least one getter material disposed therein. Methods of segregating gases in fuel elements may include forming a temperature differential in the fuel element, enabling at least one gas to travel into at least one channel formed in the fuel element, and retaining a portion of the at least one gas with at least one getter material. Methods of segregating gases in fuel elements also may include enabling at least one gas to travel through at least one channel of a plurality of channels formed in the fuel element.
Garnier, John E. (Idaho Falls, ID), Griffith, George W. (Idaho Falls, ID), Glazoff, Michael V. (Idaho Falls, ID), Rashkeev, Sergey (Idaho Falls, ID)
BATTELLE ENERGY ALLIANCE, LLC (Idaho Falls ID)
13/ 178,884
July 8, 2011
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0001] This invention was made with government support under Contract Number DE-AC07-051D14517 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.