Fracture simulation of SFR metallic fuel pin using finite element damage analysis method

Hyun Woo Jung, Hyun Kyu Song, Yun Jae Kim, Dong Wook Jerng

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This paper suggests a fracture simulation method for SFR metallic fuel pin under accident condition. Two major failure mechanisms - creep damage and eutectic penetration - are implemented in the suggested method. To simulate damaged element, stress-reduction concept to reduce stiffness of the damaged element is applied. Using the proposed method, the failure size of cladding can be predicted in addition to the failure time and failure site. To verify the suggested method, Whole-pin furnace (WPF) test and TREAT-M test conducted at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) are simulated. In all cases, predicted results and experimental results are overall in good agreement. Based on the simulation result, the effect of eutectic-penetration depth representing failure behavior on failure size is studied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)932-941
Number of pages10
JournalNuclear Engineering and Technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Mar

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT . ( NRF-2013M2B2B1075733 ).

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  • Failure prediction
  • Fracture simulation
  • Metallic fuel
  • Sodium-cooled fast reactor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


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