Fuel Solutions

Throughout its operation, a plant’s reactor vessel is subject to neutron flux, which can potentially limit life extension. You need solutions that can limit the effects and thus does not affect the value of your asset. In addition, for long-term operation you might need extended spent fuel pool capacity.

Framatome offers customized shielding for fuel assemblies which helps protect the reactor pressure vessel beltline region against neutron flux impacts. We also deliver solutions for the management and storage of used fuel assemblies, such as dry storage casks, fuel transportation, and pool-rack densification, as well as dedicated criticality analyses. In addition, we ensure fuel supply throughout your reactor’s lifetime.

Benefit from Framatome’s experience as a supplier of fuel assemblies for more than 40 years.

  • Fuel assemblies

    PWR operations are increasingly demanding and include significant power up-rates, lower neutron leakage, cycles ranging from 6 to 24 months and challenging water chemistry conditions.

    The innovative GAIA fuel design offers utilities significant added value through its high mechanical fretting resistance, improved thermal performance, better debris filtering efficiency, enhanced reliability and robustness, increased flexibility, and improved fuel cycle economy.

    BWR operators are under continuous market pressure to maximize generation while driving down operating costs. ATRIUM 11 is Framatome’s latest generation BWR fuel. This design combines an 11x11 array with the proven ATRIUM 3x3 cell central water channel for optimal moderation. The key advantages are significant reductions in fuel cycle costs and average Linear Heat Generation Rate (LHGR), an increased discharge burnup, enhanced reliability margins, higher flexibility, improved thermal hydraulic stability behavior, and faster power maneuvering for higher capacity factors.

    Framatome’s fuel assemblies and associated core components supply chain supports operators across the world, with more than 220,000 fuel assemblies supplied as of mid-2017.

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