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  • D. C. Parfitt
  • M. W. D. Cooper
    Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • M. J. D. Rushton
    Imperial College London
  • S. -R. G. Christopoulos
  • M. E. Fitzpatricka
  • A. Chroneos
Mixed-oxide fuels containing uranium with thorium and/or plutonium may play an important part in future nuclear fuel cycles. There are, however, significantly less data available for these materials than conventional uranium dioxide fuel. In the present study, we employ molecular dynamics calculations to simulate the elastic properties and thermal expansivity of a range of mixed oxide compositions. These are then used to support equations of state and oxygen self-diffusion models to provide a self-consistent prediction of the behaviour of these mixed oxide fuels at arbitrary compositions.
Original languageUnknown
Pages (from-to)74018-74027
Number of pages10
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number78
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
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