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Storage of Thermal REactor Safety Analysis data

Characterisation methods:

Gaseous releases are continuously measured by a mass spectrometer connected to the furnace outlet. After each test, the different samples are subject to metallographic examination to determine the degradation mechanism : interactions between materials, formation and liquefaction of mixtures, and formation of oxide layers. These examinations are performed with an electron microprobe. As part of tests conducted in the Intermezzo furnace, non-destructive examinations (radiography and tomography) are also performed on control rod sections to characterise their state of degradation.

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