Behavior of nuclear fuel in first days of the Chernobyl accident

B. E. Burakov, E. B. Anderson, S. I. Shabalev, E. E. Strykanova, S. V. Ushakov, M. Trotabas, J. Y. Blanc, P. Winter, J. Duco

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Various types of nuclear fuel containing masses that formed during first days of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant 4th unit were studied by optical and electron microscopy, microprobe and X-ray diffraction. The products of interaction between fuel, zircaloy and concrete, were also examined. The behavior of the nuclear fuel was a three-stage process. It was characterized at high-temperature, ≥2600 °C, in the epicenter of the accident and formation of Zr-U-O with the environment and silicate structural materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)[d]1297-1308
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1996 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Dec 2 1996Dec 5 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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