Patent Number: 8,792,607

Title: Fuel rod assembly and method for mitigating the radiation-enhanced corrosion of a zirconium-based component

Abstract: There is provided a fuel rod assembly comprising a first component of a zirconium-based material. The first component is in contact with or is located adjacent to a second component of a material different from the zirconium-based material, e.g. a nickel-based or iron-based alloy. A coating is disposed on an outer surface of the first component, which is effective to reduce an electrochemical corrosion potential difference between the first component and the second component relative to an electrochemical corrosion potential difference between the first component and the second component without the coating.

Inventors: Kim; Young Jin (Clifton Park, NY), Gray; Dennis Michael (Delanson, NY), White; David William (Wilmington, NC), Lin; Yang-Pi (Wilmington, NC), Curtis; Todd Charles (Schenectady, NY), Patterson; Charles Beaty (Clovis, CA)

Assignee: General Electric Company

International Classification: G21C 9/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 7/29/12018