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Day 2 – June 21
Some nuclear reactors such as the Experimental Breeder Reactor II (EBR II) use Zr-rich Zr-U alloys as their nuclear fuel. Zr exhibits anisotropic behaviour due its HCP structure. The materials response to creep and hydride cracking are two examples of this anisotropy that can affect reactor operations. How the crystallites are aligned in a material (texture) will affect how the material responds to reactor conditions. This work looks to investigate how the composition of Zr-U alloys (and surrogates) relates to the texture produced through similar manufacturing methods.