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Title: Spark Plasma Sintering of simulated radioisotope materials within tungsten cermets
Authors: O’Brien, R.C.
Ambrosi, R.M.
Bannister, N.P.
Howe, S.D.
Atkinson, Helen V.
First Published: 29-May-2009
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Journal of Nuclear Materials, 2009, 393 (1), pp. 108-113
Abstract: A Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) furnace was used to produce ceramic–metallic sinters (cermets) containing a simulated loading of radioisotope materials. CeO2 was used to simulate loadings of PuO2, UO2 or AmO2 within tungsten-based cermets due to the similar kinetic properties of these materials, in particular the respective melting points and Gibbs free energies. The work presented demonstrates the capability and suitability of the SPS process for the production of radioisotope encapsulates for nuclear fuels and other applications (including waste disposal and radioisotope power and heat source fabrication) where the mechanical capture of radioisotope materials is required.
ISSN: 0022-3115
Type: Article
Description: Full text of this item is not currently available on the LRA. The final published version is available at, Doi: 10.1016/j.jnucmat.2009.05.012.
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