Fuel Reliability: Achieving Zero Failures

Schneider, Rob
May 2013
Nuclear Plant Journal;May/Jun2013, Vol. 31 Issue 3, p46
Trade Publication
The article discusses lessons learned from the path taken by Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF) to achieve zero-leaker fuel reliability. Four failure mechanisms affected boiling water reactor (BWR) fuel and three factors were vital in the U.S. BWR fleet debris failure rate improvement since 2006. There were costs associated with fuel failures such as direct impacts on plant capacity factor and other factors. Improvements in fuel designs were seen in the BWR industry to maintain zero-leaker performance.


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