The 5th EDF Energy Nuclear Graphite Conference – Science and Engineering in Collaboration to Support Safe Operation of the Graphite Reactor Cores

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Papers from the 5th EDF Energy Nuclear Graphite Symposium

Edited by P. E. J. Flewitt and A. J. Wickham

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Papers from the 5th EDF Energy Nuclear Graphite Symposium

Science and Engineering in Collaboration to Support Safe Operation of the Graphite Reactor Cores

Edited by P. E. J. Flewitt and A. J. Wickham

Foreword. — Jim Reed
Preface. — P. E. J. Flewitt and A. J. Wickham
Acknowledgements

PART 1. — REGULATORY PERSPECTIVE
Regulatory Approach to The Challenge of AGR Graphite Core Ageing. — By Matthew Bamber

PART 2. — GRAPHITE WEIGHT LOSS PREDICTION
Revisiting AGR Graphite Weight Loss Predictions: A First Principles Review of the Basis and Application of the FEAT-DIFFUSE Code. — By Prof. Tony Wickham
Updating the FEAT-DIFFUSE6 Brick Boundary Conditions for Graphite Weight Loss Predictions at Dungeness B. — By James Petherick

PART 3. — MICROSTRUCTURE AND CREEP
Micromechanistic Model of Graphite Irradiation Behaviour. — By Nassia Tzelepi, John F. B. Payne, Laurent Delannay, Peng Yan, and Martin P. Metcalfe
Overview of the Micromechanical Testing of Graphites. — By Dong Liu, Kenneth Mingard, Oliver Lord, and Prof. Peter E. J. Flewitt
X-Ray Tomography Analysis of the Microstructure and Porosity Distributions of Irradiated AGR Graphite. — By Joshua E. L. Taylor, Mark A. Davies, and Abbie N. Jones
Microstructure-Based 3D Fracture Modelling of Radiolytically Oxidised Gilso­carbon Graphite. — By Yelena Vertyagina and Prof. T. James Marrow
Experimentally Informed Modelling of the Deformation and Fracture of Irradiated PGA Graphite. — By Branko Šavija, Dong Liu, Gillian E. Smith, P. J. Heard, Keith R. Hallam, Prof. Erik Schlangen, and Prof. Peter E. J. Flewitt
Annealing Studies of Irradiated AGR Graphite. — By Nassia Tzelepi, Paul Ramsay, Samantha Wilkinson, T. L. Shaw, and Bruce C. Davies
Atomistic Models of Nuclear Graphite. — By Tom Trevethan and Prof. Malcolm I. Heggie
Atomistic Approaches to Radiation Damage and What They Mean for Mechanism. — By Prof. Malcolm I. Heggie, Christopher D. Latham, Alice J. McKenna, Tom Trevethan, and Amanda Vuong
Innovate UK Project: Influence of Creep and Geometry on Strength of Irradiated Graphite Components. — By Samantha Wilkinson, Nassia Tzelepi, Bruce C. Davies, and Alan G. Steer
Reflective X-Ray Pole Figure Measurement for Bacon Anisotropy and Orientation Factors in Polycrystalline Graphite. — By Ram Krishna, Prof. Barry J. Marsden, Prof. Paul M. Mummery, Abbie N. Jones, Nassia Tzelepi, Bruce C. Davies, and Alan G. Steer

PART 4. — CRACKING
Dealing with the “Known Unknowns”: Improving the Forecasting of Keyway Root Cracking. — By Mark R. Bradford
Statistical Modelling of AGR Graphite Thermomechanical Properties and Di­mensional Change. — By Jenny F. Burrow, B. J. Hill, Peter C. Robinson, and Philip R. Maul
Stress Analysis Modelling of AGR Graphite Bricks Using Statistical Models for Graphite Properties. — By Alex E. Bond, Peter C. Robinson, Jenny F . Burrow, and Philip R. Maul
Computational Modelling of Continuous Crack Propagation in Nuclear Graphite. — By Prof. Chris J. Pearce and Łukasz Kaczmarczyk
Designing a Computer Experiment to Study the Rate of Crack Opening in High Shrinkage Bricks. — By Kevin McNally, Muhammad Fahad, Muhammad Treifi, Graham N. Hall, Nicholas Warren, and Prof. Paul M. Mummery
Statistical Modelling of Keyway Root Cracking in AGR Graphite Bricks. — By Paul C. Robinson, B J. Hill, Jenny F. Burrow, and Philip R. Maul
3D Dynamic Crack Propagation Within AGR Graphite Brick Slices. — By Timothy Crump, Guilhem Ferté, Andrey Jivkov, Prof. Paul M. Mummery, Philippe Martinuzzi, and Van-Xuan Tran
Prediction of Keyway Root Cracking in the Graphite Core of Advanced Gas-Cooled Nuclear Reactors. — By Emma Tan, Muhammad Fahad, Graham N. Hall, and Nicholas Warren
Shaking Table Testing of an Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactor Core Model with Degraded Components. — By Luiza Dihoru, Olafur Oddbjornsson, Matt Dietz, Panos Kloukinas, Tony Horseman, Elia Voyagaki, Adam J. Crewe, Prof. Colin A. Taylor, and Alan G. Steer
Investigations Into Prompt Secondary Cracking in AGR Graphite Fuel Bricks Using the eXtended Finite Element Method. — By Owen A. Booler, I. J. Slater, S. Baylis, and Alan G. Steer
A Small Specimen Notched Strength Test for Radiolytically Oxidised Gilsocarbon. — By Matthew S. L. Jordan, Samantha Wilkinson, Maureen Haverty, Nassia Tzelepi, Prof. David Nowell, and Prof. T. James Marrow
Fracture of AGR Graphite Using Bromine Intercalation. — By William Bodel, Bruce C. Davies, Alan G. Steer, Philippe Martinuzzi, Tristan Lowe, and Prof. Paul M. Mummery
The Application of 3D Solid Finite Element Modelling and the Effect of Cracked Bricks in Support of Hinkley Point B and Hunterston B. — By Steven Bazell and Neil McLachlan
SALCOR Solid Modelling and Analysis Methodology for an Ageing AGR Core: Progress and Benefits. — By Hassan Salih and Neil McLachlan
SALCOR Simulation of Local AGR Core Region with Multiple Singly and Doubly Cracked Fuel Bricks and Potential Key Disengagement. — By Hassan Salih and Neil McLachlan
GCORE Validation for Large Arrays of Radially Keyed Bricks: Comparison of the Experimental Measurements and Computational Predictions. — By Heather Riley, S. Corrigan, Tim Horgan, H. Graham, and Alan G. Steer
GCORE Seismic Analysis of AGR Cores: Development of Modelling and Analysis Methods for Later-In-Life Core Conditions. — By Gordon Cowell and Alan G. Steer
Cracked Graphite Brick Interaction Analysis: An Application to the AGR Graphite Core. — By Huaguo Teng, I. J. Slater, C. J. Jones, Neil McLachlan, and J. Wright
Modelling Crack Initiation on AGR Graphite Bricks. — By Prof. Dominique Leguillon, Philippe Martinuzzi, Van-Xuan Tran, Patrick Massin, and Dominique Geoffroy
Solfec Validation for Large Arrays of Radially Keyed Bricks: Comparison of Experimental Measurements and Computational Predictions. — By Benjamin Cannell, S. Brasier, and Neil McLachlan
On the Modelling and Simulation of a Nuclear Graphite Brick: Effects of Cracks and Interactions. — By Muhammad Treifi, Prof. Barry J. Marsden, Graham N. Hall, and Prof. Paul. M. Mummery
Effects of Singly Cracked Bricks on the Deformation of Neighbouring Channels in an AGR Graphite Core. — By Muhammad Treifi, Prof. Barry J. Marsden, Graham N. Hall, and Prof. Paul. M. Mummery

PART 5. — MATERIALS TESTING REACTOR IRRADIATIONS
Materials Test Reactor Programme for the Investigation of Graphite Irradiation Creep and Annealing. — By Tjark O. van Staveren, Arjan J. de Koning, J. A. Vreeling, and Mark A. Davies
Blackstone MTR Phase III: Characterisation of Graphite Material Property Changes at Heysham 2 and Torness AGR Power Stations. — By Bruce C. Davies, Matthew Brown, P. C. Matthews, Mark R. Bradford, I. Foreshaw, and James Reed

PART 6. REACTOR CORE ANALYSIS
A Success Story: In Situ Robotic Graphite Moderator Block Repair. — By Denis Gurin and Edward Petit de Mange
Estimating Fuel Channel Bore from Fuel Grab Load Trace Data. — By Craig Berry, David Pattison, Graeme M. West, Prof. Stephen D. J. McArthur, and Andrew Rudge
Automated Video Processing and Image Analysis Software to Support Visual Inspection of AGR Cores. — By Paul Murray, Graeme M. West, Kristofer Law, Stephen Buckley-Mellor, Graeme Cocks, and Chris Lynch
Characterisation of Gilsocarbon Graphite by Pycnometry and Surface Area Analysis. — By Katie L. Jones, Giuliano M. Laudone, and Prof. G. Peter Matthews
Advances in Electronic Speckle Pattern Interferometry for the Measurement of the Coefficient of Thermal Expansion of Nuclear Graphite. — By John Dinsdale-Potter, Paul Ramsay, and Nassia Tzelepi
Super-Articulated Control Rod for Ageing AGR Graphite Reactor Core Modelling and Validation Analysis. — By Hassan Salih and Neil McLachlan
Calibration and Application of a Hierarchical, Component-Specific, Material Properties Model. — By Andrew D. Moore, Mark R. Bradford, Mark R. Joyce, and T. A. Kirwan