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Swelling-resistant nuclear fuel

United States Patent

December 27, 2011
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A nuclear fuel according to one embodiment includes an assembly of nuclear fuel particles; and continuous open channels defined between at least some of the nuclear fuel particles, wherein the channels are characterized as allowing fission gasses produced in an interior of the assembly to escape from the interior of the assembly to an exterior thereof without causing significant swelling of the assembly. Additional embodiments, including methods, are also presented.
Arsenlis; Athanasios (Hayward, CA), Satcher, Jr.; Joe (Patterson, CA), Kucheyev; Sergei O. (Oakland, CA)
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (Livermore, CA)
12/ 101,380
April 11, 2008
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344 between the United States Department of Energy and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.