Selected properties of ceramic nuclear fuels

Selected properties of ceramic nuclear fuels

Table
Selected properties of ceramic nuclear fuels*
ceramic fuel density
(gm/cm3) thermal conductivity
(W • m−1 • K−1)** melting point
(°C)
urania (UO2) 10.97   2.8 2,847
urania/plutonia (UO2/PuO2) 11.06   2.8 2,787
uranium carbide (UC) 13.51 21.7 2,507
uranium nitride (UN) 14.32 24.5 2,762
*Reprinted from H. Tsai, "Carbide and Nitride Nuclear Fuels," in Michael B. Bever (ed.), Encyclopedia of Materials Science and Engineering (1986), pp. 493–495, with permission from Elsevier Science.
**At approximately 1,000 °C.
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