Coated Nuclear Reactor Fuel Particles
A method is described for producing nuclear fuel products, the method comprising receiving metallic or intermetallic uranium-based fuel particle cores, providing at least one physical vapour deposited coating layer surrounding the fuel particle core and embedding the nuclear fuel particles in a matrix so as to form a powder mixture of matrix material and coated fuel particles. The at least one physical vapour deposited coating layer may comprise inhibitors of inhibiting, stabilizing and/or reducing interaction between metallic or intermetallic uranium-based fuel particles cores and the matrix wherein the fuel particles typically may be embedded. Alternatively or in addition thereto the deposited coating layer may comprise neutron poisons. The present invention also relates to coated fuel particles, fuel elements and the use of fuel particles for generating neutrons.
VAN DEN BERGHE SVEN [BE]; LEENAERS ANN [BE]; DETAVERNIER CHRISTOPHE [BE]
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