Evaluation of high thermal conductivity oxide nuclear fuel concept containing beryllium Conference Paper uri icon


  • Beryllium oxide (BeO) is proposed as an engineered additive to enhance the thermal conductivity of UO2. Processing methods to fabricate UO 2-10 vol% BeO have been established and a finite element thermal model has been created to predict the behavior of this fuel Further, two-dimensional, infinite lattice neutronic simulations were performed for a typical PWR system. It was determined that the BOC reactivity may increase by ∼2800 pcm, resulting in and increase in cycle length of ∼20 days with a potential increase in EOC burnup of ∼4000 MWd/tHM. Fuel and moderator reactivity coefficients were estimated to be similar those found with pure UO2 fuel.

author list (cited authors)

  • McDeavitt, S. M., Naramore, M., Ragusa, J., Revankar, S. T., Solomon, A. A., & Malone, J.

publication date

  • December 2010