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Waseem,Directorate General Nuclear Power Fuel | Elahi N.,Directorate General Nuclear Power Fuel | Siddiqui A.,Directorate General Nuclear Power Fuel | Murtaza G.,Directorate General Nuclear Power Fuel
Nuclear Engineering and Design | Year: 2011

This analysis has been made in an attempt to measure the contact pressure of the PWR fuel assembly spacer grid spring and to verify its structural integrity at room temperature in air. A detailed finite element (FE) model of spacer grid cell with fuel rod-to-support has been developed to determine the contact pressure between the supports of the grid and fuel rod cladding. The FE model of a fuel rod-to-support system is produced with shell and contact elements. The spring hold-down force is calculated using the contact pressure obtained from the FE model. Experiment has also been conducted in the same environment for the measurement of this force. The spring hold-down force values obtained from both studies are compared, which show good agreement, and in turn confirm the validation of this analysis. The Stress obtained through this analysis is less than the yield strength of spacer grid material (Inconel-718), thus fulfils the structural integrity criteria of grid. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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