Influence des gaz de fission sur l'état mécanique des combustibles oxydes irradiés

Abstract : The irradiation generates in the fuel, fission gases, mainly xenon and krypton, present in dissolved form and in the form of bubbles. This research objective is to contribute to the fission gas bubbles methodology of characterization and thus to bring elements of reference for the models validation. Two approaches are studied. Based on an existing method of bubbles average pressure evaluation by the coupling of three techniques: EPMA, SEM and SIMS, a new complementary method has been developed on an isolated bubble under the surface. The methodology consists in identifying a closed and filled bubble with xenon by microprobe mapping and SEM images and to measure the amount of present gas by SIMS. 3D observation by FIB abrasion provides an estimation of the bubble volume and thus allows to calculate the bubble pressure. At 300 K, an estimation of the pressure levels is obtained on intragranular micrometric bubbles from the fuel pellets center area. Meanwhile, a method of elastic field strain measurement, produced by the presence of pressurized bubbles, is developed by HR-EBSD. A finite element model evaluates the levels of strain around the fission gas bubbles and shows that only nanometric bubbles generate measurable elastic strain by this technique. First, the method was calibrated from four points bending tests on monocrystalline silicon and ceramics implanted with xenon, allowing to take into account free strains. This step defines the parameters of acquisition and optimum treatment for its application on irradiated fuels. Measurement of elastic strain with HR-EBSD on irradiated fuel is a relative measure that will require further consideration in the choice of the reference.
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Céline Cagna. Influence des gaz de fission sur l'état mécanique des combustibles oxydes irradiés. Mécanique des matériaux [physics.class-ph]. Ecole nationale supérieure d'arts et métiers - ENSAM, 2016. Français. ⟨NNT : 2016ENAM0033⟩. ⟨tel-01451191⟩

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