Modeling oxygen self-diffusion in UO2 under pressure

MWD Cooper and RW Grimes and ME Fitzpatrick and A Chroneos, SOLID STATE IONICS, 282, 26-30 (2015).

DOI: 10.1016/j.ssi.2015.09.006

Access to values for oxygen self-diffusion over a range of temperatures and pressures in UO2 is important to nuclear fuel applications. Here, elastic and expansivity data are used in the framework of a thermodynamic model, the cB Omega model, to derive the oxygen self- diffusion coefficient in UO2 over a range of pressures (0-10 GPa) and temperatures (300-1900 K). The significant reduction in oxygen self- diffusion as a function of increasing hydrostatic pressure, and the associated increase in activation energy, is identified. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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