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FULLY CERAMIC NUCLEAR FUEL AND RELATED METHODS

United States Patent Application

20150310948
A1
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Various embodiments of a nuclear fuel for use in various types of nuclear reactors and/or waste disposal systems are disclosed. One exemplary embodiment of a nuclear fuel may include a fuel element having a plurality of tristructural-isotropic fuel particles embedded in a silicon carbide matrix. An exemplary method of manufacturing a nuclear fuel is also disclosed. The method may include providing a plurality of tristructural-isotropic fuel particles, mixing the plurality of tristructural-isotropic fuel particles with silicon carbide powder to form a precursor mixture, and compacting the precursor mixture at a predetermined pressure and temperature.
VENNERI, Francesco (Los Alamos, NM), KATOH, Yutai (Oak Ridge, TN), SNEAD, Lance Lewis (Knoxville, TN)
14/ 790,888
July 2, 2015
STATEMENT OF FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH [0001] The United States Government has certain rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 between the United States Department of Energy and UT-Battelle, LLC.