Thermal diffusion of Helium and volatil fission products in UO2 and zirconolite nuclear ceramics
Published online by Cambridge University Press: 17 March 2011
The behaviour and diffusion mechanisms of helium in nuclear ceramics, such as uranium dioxide spent fuel matrix and zirconolite for the specific conditioning of minor actinides, significantly impact the possible evolution of those matrices in interim storage or disposal conditions. In the framework of spent fuel storage studies, the additional diffusion of gas and fission products in uranium dioxidematrix is also an essential aspect of the R&D. Specific experimental studies have been conducted, devoted to thermal diffusion under 1000 C. Data processing methods, lead to helium diffusion coefficient and associated activation energy of 1.05 eV in the zirconolite and 2 eV in UO2. Comparativelywith the uranium dioxide matrix, the helium diffusion coefficient in zirconolite is 1 to 100 million times higher; this parameter will have to be taken into account to dimension the waste form. Diffusion coefficients measurements between 800 C and 1000 C, investigated by SIMS, showed a very slow diffusion of volatile fission products Xe, I, Te and Cs, with coefficients two or three order of magnitude lower than for helium.
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