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NUCLEAR REACTOR FUEL ELEMENT HAVING SILICON CARBIDE MULTILAYERED CLADDING AND THORIA-BASED FISSIONABLE FUEL

United States Patent Application

20140192949
A1
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A nuclear fuel element for use in water-cooled nuclear power reactors. The fuel element includes a multilayered silicon carbide cladding tube. The multilayered silicon carbide cladding tube preferably includes an inner layer and a central layer. Also, in one embodiment, the ends further include hermetically sealed end caps. The cladding tube is sized to receive a stack of individual fissionable fuel pellets. In one embodiment, the fuel pellets comprise a mixture of thorium oxide and plutonium oxide.
Feinroth, Herbert (Silver Spring, MD), Markham, Gregory T. (Bedford, VA), Shwageraus, Eugene (Cambridge, GB), Kelly, Julian F. (Oslo, NO)
Thor Energy AS (Oslo MD), Ceramic Tubular Products, LLC (Rockville)
14/ 126,614
June 18, 2012
STATEMENT AS TO RIGHTS TO INVENTIONS MADE UNDER FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] Work described herein may have been supported in part Department of Energy (DOE) Grant No. DE-SC0004225. The United States Government may therefore have certain rights in the inventions.