Evaluation of thermal conductivity of zirconia-based inert matrix fuel by molecular dynamics simulation

Tatsumi Arima, S. Yamasaki, K. Yamahira, Kazuya Idemitsu, Yaohiro Inagaki, C. Degueldre

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Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were performed using Born-Mayer-Huggins interatomic potentials with partially ionic model in order to evaluate the thermal conductivity of zirconia-based inert matrix fuel (IMF). The thermal conductivity was calculated at the equilibrium condition based on Green-Kubo theory and phenomenological equations. For ErxYyMzZr1-x-y-zO2-(x+y)/2 (where M = Ce or Pu), the thermal conductivity decreased with increase of y because of the presence of oxygen vacancies as the thermal resistance. It also slightly decreased with increase of z and temperature. However, significant difference could not be found in the thermal conductivity between Ce- and Pu-doped zirconia. The MD thermal conductivity of IMF was in good agreement with the literature data. Concerning the phenomenological coefficients, the cross-coupling effect between energy and charge fluxes was clearly observed at low z value and high temperatures for such zirconia systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-317
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 30 2006


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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