TRISO-Coated Particle Fuel Phenomenon Identification and Ranking Tables (PIRTs) for Fission Product Transport Due to Manufacturing, Operations, and Accidents: Main Report (NUREG/CR-6844, Volume 1)

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Manuscript Completed: October 2003
Date Published: July 2004

Prepared by:
R.N. Morris
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
P.O. Box 2008, MS 6295
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6295

D.A. Petti
Fission and Fusion Systems Department
Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory
P.O. Box 1625
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83415-3860

D.A. Powers
Nuclear and Risk Technologies Center
Sandia National Laboratories
P.O. Box 5800, MS 0727
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185

B.E. Boyack
Brent E. Boyack, Consultant
435 Camino Cereza
Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544

M.B. Rubin, NRC Project Manager

Prepared for:
Division of Systems Analysis and Regulatory Effectiveness
Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

NRC Job Code Y6704

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TRISO-coated particle fuel is to be used in the next generation of gas-cooled reactors. In anticipation of future licensing applications for gas-cooled reactors, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) seeks to fully understand the significant features of TRISO-coated particle fuel design, manufacture, and operation, as well as behavior during accidents. The objectives of the TRISO Phenomena Identification and Ranking Table (PIRT) program are to (1) identify key attributes of gas-cooled reactor fuel manufacture which may require regulatory oversight, (2) provide a valuable reference for the review of vendor fuel qualification plans, (3) provide insights for developing plans for fuel safety margin testing, (4) assist in defining test data needs for the development of fuel performance and fission product transport models, (5) inform decisions regarding the development of NRC's independent reactor fuel performance code and fission product transport models, (6) support the development of NRC's independent models for source term calculations, and (7) provide insights for the review of vendor fuel safety analyses. To support these objectives, the NRC commissioned a PIRT panel to identify and rank the factors, characteristics, and phenomena associated with TRISO-coated particle fuel. PIRTs were developed for (1) Manufacturing, (2) Operations, (3) a Depressurized Heatup Accident, (4) a Reactivity Accident, (5) a Depressurization Accident with Water Ingress, and (6) a Depressurization Accident with Air Ingress.

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