Application of X-Ray CT for Non-destructive Characterization of Graphite Fuel-Tube

  • A. K. Agrawal
  • P. S. Sarkar
  • Y. S. Kashyap
  • B. Singh
  • A. Sharma
  • R. Kumar
  • A. Sinha


Non-destructive characterization of fuel tube of compact high temperature reactor was carried out using quantitative X-ray computed tomography (CT). The fuel tube is made of graphite and parameters of its fuel/coolant channels such as area, inter-spacing and longitudinal uniformity need to be characterized properly throughout its length to ensure homogeneous temperature distribution. A prototype fuel tube was fabricated and characterized using X-ray-CT at two different resolution scales followed by quantitative image analysis. The study reveals potential of X-ray CT in detecting small scale and large scale uniformity of fuel tube channels qualitatively and quantitatively.


X-ray imaging Computed tomography High temperature reactor Fuel tube Image analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. K. Agrawal
    • 1
  • P. S. Sarkar
    • 1
  • Y. S. Kashyap
    • 1
  • B. Singh
    • 1
  • A. Sharma
    • 2
  • R. Kumar
    • 2
  • A. Sinha
    • 1
  1. 1.Neutron and X-ray Physics DivisionBhabha Atomic Research CentreMumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Atomic Fuel DivisionBhabha Atomic Research CentreMumbaiIndia

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