FeCrAl Volumetric Swelling Eigenstrain

Calculates the change in cladding volume due to irradiation by fast neutrons. This class applies a volumetric strain correction before adding the strain from this class to the diagonal entries of the eigenstrain tensor.

Description

It is expected that FeCrAl alloys will be subjected to irradiation induced swelling due to their cubic crystal structure. As an approximation for the swelling of FeCrAl alloys a simplistic model provided in Terrani et al. (2016) has been implemented in Bison. The estimated swelling rate is 0.05% per dpa. Using a conversion factor of (110 n/m = 0.9 dpa) as given by Field et al. (2015) the volumetric swelling strain rate is given by: (1) Integrating over time the volumetric swelling is given by (2) where is the fast neutron fluence given in n/m.

Example Input Syntax


[./clad_swelling]
  type = FeCrAlVolumetricSwellingEigenstrain
  block = '1 2 3 4 5 6 7'
  temperature = temp
  fast_neutron_fluence = fluence
  eigenstrain_name = swell
[../]
(test/tests/tensor_mechanics/fecral_eigenstrains/fecral_vswelling/swelling_tm.i)

The eigenstrain_name parameter value must also be set in the strain calculator block, as shown below:


[./clad_strain]
  type = ComputeFiniteStrain
  block = '1 2 3 4 5 6 7'
  eigenstrain_names = 'fuelthermal_strain swell'
[../]
(test/tests/tensor_mechanics/fecral_eigenstrains/fecral_vswelling/swelling_tm.i)

Input Parameters

  • fast_neutron_fluenceFast neutron fluence in neutrons/m^2

    C++ Type:std::vector

    Description:Fast neutron fluence in neutrons/m^2

  • temperatureCoupled temperature in Kelvin

    C++ Type:std::vector

    Description:Coupled temperature in Kelvin

  • eigenstrain_nameMaterial property name for the eigenstrain tensor computed by this model. IMPORTANT: The name of this property must also be provided to the strain calculator.

    C++ Type:std::string

    Description:Material property name for the eigenstrain tensor computed by this model. IMPORTANT: The name of this property must also be provided to the strain calculator.

Required Parameters

  • computeTrueWhen false, MOOSE will not call compute methods on this material. The user must call computeProperties() after retrieving the Material via MaterialPropertyInterface::getMaterial(). Non-computed Materials are not sorted for dependencies.

    Default:True

    C++ Type:bool

    Description:When false, MOOSE will not call compute methods on this material. The user must call computeProperties() after retrieving the Material via MaterialPropertyInterface::getMaterial(). Non-computed Materials are not sorted for dependencies.

  • base_nameOptional parameter that allows the user to define multiple mechanics material systems on the same block, i.e. for multiple phases

    C++ Type:std::string

    Description:Optional parameter that allows the user to define multiple mechanics material systems on the same block, i.e. for multiple phases

  • save_swellingFalseShould the swelling be saved in a material property

    Default:False

    C++ Type:bool

    Description:Should the swelling be saved in a material property

  • boundaryThe list of boundary IDs from the mesh where this boundary condition applies

    C++ Type:std::vector

    Description:The list of boundary IDs from the mesh where this boundary condition applies

  • blockThe list of block ids (SubdomainID) that this object will be applied

    C++ Type:std::vector

    Description:The list of block ids (SubdomainID) that this object will be applied

Optional Parameters

  • enableTrueSet the enabled status of the MooseObject.

    Default:True

    C++ Type:bool

    Description:Set the enabled status of the MooseObject.

  • use_displaced_meshFalseWhether or not this object should use the displaced mesh for computation. Note that in the case this is true but no displacements are provided in the Mesh block the undisplaced mesh will still be used.

    Default:False

    C++ Type:bool

    Description:Whether or not this object should use the displaced mesh for computation. Note that in the case this is true but no displacements are provided in the Mesh block the undisplaced mesh will still be used.

  • control_tagsAdds user-defined labels for accessing object parameters via control logic.

    C++ Type:std::vector

    Description:Adds user-defined labels for accessing object parameters via control logic.

  • seed0The seed for the master random number generator

    Default:0

    C++ Type:unsigned int

    Description:The seed for the master random number generator

  • implicitTrueDetermines whether this object is calculated using an implicit or explicit form

    Default:True

    C++ Type:bool

    Description:Determines whether this object is calculated using an implicit or explicit form

  • constant_onNONEWhen ELEMENT, MOOSE will only call computeQpProperties() for the 0th quadrature point, and then copy that value to the other qps.When SUBDOMAIN, MOOSE will only call computeSubdomainProperties() for the 0th quadrature point, and then copy that value to the other qps. Evaluations on element qps will be skipped

    Default:NONE

    C++ Type:MooseEnum

    Description:When ELEMENT, MOOSE will only call computeQpProperties() for the 0th quadrature point, and then copy that value to the other qps.When SUBDOMAIN, MOOSE will only call computeSubdomainProperties() for the 0th quadrature point, and then copy that value to the other qps. Evaluations on element qps will be skipped

Advanced Parameters

  • output_propertiesList of material properties, from this material, to output (outputs must also be defined to an output type)

    C++ Type:std::vector

    Description:List of material properties, from this material, to output (outputs must also be defined to an output type)

  • outputsnone Vector of output names were you would like to restrict the output of variables(s) associated with this object

    Default:none

    C++ Type:std::vector

    Description:Vector of output names were you would like to restrict the output of variables(s) associated with this object

Outputs Parameters

  • total_swelling_scaling_factor1Scaling factor to be applied to the swelling strain. Used for sensitivity and calibration studies

    Default:1

    C++ Type:double

    Description:Scaling factor to be applied to the swelling strain. Used for sensitivity and calibration studies

Advanced: Scaling Factors Parameters

Input Files

References

  1. K. G. Field, X. Hu, K. C. Littrell, Y. Yamamoto, and L. L. Snead. Radiation tolerance of neutron-irradiated model fe-cr-al alloys. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 465:746–755, 2015.[BibTeX]
  2. K. A. Terrani, T. M. Karlsen, and Y. Yamamoto. Input correlations for irradiation creep of FeCrAl and SiC based on in-pile Halden test results. Technical Report ORNL/TM-2016/191, ORNL, May 2016.[BibTeX]