Memo #1 Project design conditions. Objective : To determine whether replacement of standard oxide fuel in a large BWR by hydride fuel will result in a higher power Conditions Reference core: see tables in Lecture #2 Rod pitch and rod OD are variables, but must fit in existing duct
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For calculating the thermal conductivity of hydride fuel use: kU = 0.28 W/cm-K (dispersed phase); kZrH = 0.18 W/cm-K (continuous phase)
where = r/Rcore
-1/2 < z/L < 1/2