Thermodynamic calculations of oxygen self-diffusion in mixed-oxide nuclear fuels

DC Parfitt and MWD Cooper and MJD Rushton and SRG Christopoulos and ME Fitzpatricka and A Chroneos, RSC ADVANCES, 6, 74018-74027 (2016).

DOI: 10.1039/c6ra14424a

Mixed-oxide fuels containing uranium with thorium and/or plutonium may play an important part in future nuclear fuel cycles. There are, however, significantly less data available for these materials than conventional uranium dioxide fuel. In the present study, we employ molecular dynamics calculations to simulate the elastic properties and thermal expansivity of a range of mixed oxide compositions. These are then used to support equations of state and oxygen self-diffusion models to provide a self-consistent prediction of the behaviour of these mixed oxide fuels at arbitrary compositions.

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