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FUEL ELEMENTS FOR NUCLEAR REACTOR SYSTEM

United States Patent Application

20080240334
A1
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A fuel element for nuclear power generation made up of at least one coated UO.sub.2 fuel kernel embedded in a matrix containing Zr. The kernel and the element each having a coating that provides desired spacing and fission product barrier protection. The fuel enables the functioning and deployment of small scale nuclear reactors with a various features desired for deployment of such devices in developing nations, with limited electrical distribution infrastructure.
Senor, David J. (West Richland, WA), Painter, Chad L. (West Richland, WA), Geelhood, Kenneth J. (Richland, WA), Wootan, David W. (Richland, WA)
Battelle Memorial Institute
11/ 859,105
September 21, 2007
STATEMENT AS TO RIGHTS TO INVENTIONS MADE UNDER FEDERALLY-SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT [0002] This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC0576RL01830 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.