4-7 November 2019
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Manufacture and modelling of advanced UB2 fuel

7 Nov 2019, 08:30
WHGA/001 (PSI Auditorium)


PSI Auditorium

Forschungstrasse 11 5232 Villigen PSI Switzerland


Iuliia Ipatova (Bangor University)


The manufacture and modelling of UB$_2$ has been carried out to understand its suitability for use as a fuel within light water reactors. Density functional theory methods have been used to understand the materials thermal properties and response to radiation, fission product accommodation and impurities. This theoretical work has been combined and elevated with a targeted experimental programme highlighting synthesis routes for UB$_2$ and the related ZrB$_2$ compounds and providing experimental data to validate and verify the theoretical predictions.

Primary authors

Simon Middleburgh (Bangor University) Mr Fabio Martini (Bangor University) Dr Lee Evitts (Bangor University) Iuliia Ipatova (Bangor University)


Mr Mattias Puide (Westinghouse Electric Sweden AB) Dr Antoine Claisse (Westinghouse Electric Sweden AB) Dr Rushton Michael (Bangor University) Prof. William Lee (Bangor University)

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