A molecular dynamics study about graphite and boron coated graphite at reactor temperatures

T Korkut, ANNALS OF NUCLEAR ENERGY, 63, 100-106 (2014).

DOI: 10.1016/j.anucene.2013.07.036

Nuclear graphite is exclusively produced as a moderator and reflector material in nuclear industry. It has low density, high strength, low thermal expansion, high thermal conductivity, high hardness and good thermal resistance. We simulated graphite structure in a box using LAMMPS (Large-scale Atomic/Molecular Massively Parallel Simulator) to obtain heat flux, atomic displacements, pressures and total energy values for 300 K (room temperature), 1273 K (gas-cooled reactor operating temperature) and graphite temperatures in the reactor (from 573 K to 1123 K). Also boron coated graphite (BCG) was investigated by the same method and to estimate the same parameters. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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