Fuels and Materials CORE
The Fuels and Materials CORE is developing a research portfolio that advances the science of fuels and materials in nuclear systems. The initial research and education programs focus on light water reactor technology, but much of the knowledge developed is expected to be broadly applicable to INL’s nuclear science and technology missions.
The CORE is concentrating initially on three strategic areas:
Stress corrosion cracking in light water reactor environments
Mitigation of degradation mechanisms in Zr-alloy fuel cladding
Property changes in uranium dioxide base fuels including thermal transport and associated microstructural changes.
KL Murty, North Carolina State University