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Ko M.-J.,Nuclear Materials Division | Kim D.,Nuclear Materials Division | Park J.Y.,Nuclear Materials Division | Cho M.S.,Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute | Kim W.-J.,Nuclear Materials Division
Journal of the Korean Ceramic Society | Year: 2013

TRISO coated particles with a ZrC barrier layer were fabricated by a fluidized-bed chemical vapor deposition (FBCVD) method for a use in a very high temperature gas-cooled reactor (VHTR). The ZrC layer was deposited by the reaction between ZrCl4 and CH4 gases at 1500°C in an Ar+H2 mixture gas. The amount of free carbon codeposited with in ZrC was changed by controlling the dilution gas ratio. Near-stoichiometric ZrC phase was also deposited when an impeller was employed to a ZrCl4 vaporizer which effectively inhibited the agglomeration of ZrCl4 powders during the deposition process. A near-stoichiometric ZrC coating layer had smooth surface while ZrC containing the free carbon had rough surface with tumulose structure. Surface roughness of ZrC increased further as the amount of free carbon increased. © 2013 The Korean Ceramic Society.

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