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RESISTANCE PRESSURE WELD FOR NUCLEAR REACTOR FUEL ROD TUBE END PLUG

United States Patent Application

20180102192
A1
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A fuel rod for a nuclear reactor, including a cladding tube having a first end with an annular end face, a second end with an annular end face, and a cylindrical body portion extending therebetween, and a first tube end plug including a front portion, an annular lip with an annular end face, and a substantially straight cylindrical body portion extending therebetween, wherein the surface area of the annular end face of the first end of the cladding tube and the annular end face of the annular lip of the first tube end plug are substantially equal, and the annular end face of the first end of the cladding tube and the annular end face of the annular lip of the first tube end plug are connected by a resistance pressure weld.
Barger, Earl Brian (Goode, VA), Fitzner, Scott L. (Appomattox, VA), Lee, Jeffrey T. (Forest, VA), Ridgeway, Roger D. (Lynchburg, VA)
15/ 290,628
October 11, 2016
[0001] This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-NE0000583 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.