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Fully ceramic nuclear fuel and related methods

United States Patent

9,299,464
March 29, 2016
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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)
UT-BATTELLE, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN), LOGOS TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Fairfax, VA)
12/ 959,115
20120140867
December 2, 2010
STATEMENT OF FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH 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.