INNOVATIVE CERAMIC BUNDLE FUEL ELEMENT
The step from the basic components to a bundle fuel element is demonstrated for the CANDU reactor.
On the left side you see the standard CANDU fuel element:
- outer diameter 10 cm
- length 50 cm
- fuel in metallic tubes
- assembled with a metallic skeleton.
According to our design, fuel-filled capsules or compacts are armoured with fibre braids to rods. Then the rods are assembled with a ceramic skeleton to a bundle fuel element.
A fibre braid jacket improves the overall mechanical stability.