Evaluation of Fretting Wear Behavior on the Simulated Supporting Structures of a Dual-Cooled Nuclear Fuel Rod
A dual-cooled fuel (i.e. annular fuel) has been proposed to substantially increase in power density and safety margins compared to a solid fuel in operating PWR plants. As this fuel rod has larger outer diameter than the conventional solid rod to accommodate sufficient internal flow, new supporting structure geometries should be designed and their reliabilities (i.e. vibration characteristics, fretting wear resistance, etc.) are also examined with both analytical and experimental methods. In this study, the supporting structure characteristics and fretting wear behaviors are analyzed and examined by using two kinds of simulated supporting structures that have embossing and cylindrical shapes. Their supporting structure characteristics were examined by using a specially designed test rig and their results were compared with that of analytical method. Also, fretting wear behaviors of simulated supporting structures were experimentally examined with considering the effect of contact shapes and their stiffness values. Based on the test results, the relationship between the supporting structure characteristics and their fretting wear behaviors was discussed in detail.
Jian-Feng Nie and Allan Morton
Y. H. Lee and H. K. Kim, "Evaluation of Fretting Wear Behavior on the Simulated Supporting Structures of a Dual-Cooled Nuclear Fuel Rod", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 654-656, pp. 2564-2567, 2010