Nuclear Fuel Tubes - Zirconium Alloys


Aircraft Materials is able to offer the manufacture of Zircaloy nuclear fuel tubes for nucleur fuel bundles used in CANDU heavy water reactors. We offer a fully comprehensive and integrated manufacturing process beginning with Zirconium sponge all the way through to complex components such as fuel tubes, pressure tubes and calandria tubes.

Nuclear Fuel Tubes

Material: Zircaloy 4
Size: 8.0mm to 15.87mm Outside Diameters
Manufacturing Standards: As required by fuel designers (CNEA, SLN/CANDU, SNN/FCN, CNNC/CNNFC, KEPCO/KNFC, NPCIL)

Zirconium Calandria Tubes
Material: Zircaloy 2 (UNS R60802)
Size: 132.31mm Outside Diameter x 1.4mm Wall x 6400mm Lengths

Manufacturing Standards Manufacturing Test
CSA N285.0-95 Sheet forming Corrosion according to ASTM G2
CAN 3-+878.1M83 Automatic welding with controlled environment Tensile according to ASTM E8
ASNT Weld bead crushing Radiography on seam weld
SNT TC1 Cold Drawing Ultrasonic Inspection
CAN/CSA-N285.2 External bead blasting Metallography
ASME Section III-V-IX End Expansion Chemical Composition
ASTM B350/ B351 G2   Liquid Penetrant Examination
CGSN   Material control - Damage
CAN/CGSB - 48.9712   Foreign Material Exclusion

Zirconium Candu - Pressure Tubes (seamless)
Material: Zr2.5Nb (UNS R60901)
Size: 112.77mm Outside Diameter x 4.29mm Wall x 6408mm lengths
Inner Finishing: Bead blasting, burnishing or pickling
Autoclave treated in steam at 400°C / 24 hours
Inner and Outer surface controlled roughness

Manufacturing Standards Manufacturing Test
CSA N 285.6 N285.2 N286.0 Cold Rolling Ultrasonic
ASME Section III-V-Subsection NCA-3800 /NB Polishing Eddy Current Internal Coil
ASTM B350-B535 Burinishing Eddy Current External Coil
CGSB   Crystalline texture measurement
CAN/CGSB-48.9712   Tensile
ASNT   Corrosion
SNT-TC-1A   Metallography
Hardness Measurement

For all stock availability of nuclear fuel tubes, Zirconium Calandria Tubes or Zirconium Candu - Pressure Tubes (seamless) contact Sales.

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