According to the Swiss waste management policy, spent nuclear fuel is planned to be disposed in a deep underground repository. Prior to final disposal, spent nuclear fuel is stored at reactor sites and in a centralized dry storage facility. Since the operation dates of the final repository are unknown, extended periods of interim storage have to be considered. A research program to investigate the fuel rod integrity during long-term dry storage has recently been launched at Paul Scherrer Institute. In the context of the project, fuel rod performance simulations will be carried out with the code Falcon. Until now, an extensive literature survey concerning current trends in dry storage modelling has been written and first developments of Falcon’s capabilities towards dry storage modeling have been made. In this work, Falcon has been modified by implementing a long-term cladding creep model. The original and upgraded versions of Falcon have been used to simulate a demonstration case consisting of the base irradiation, wet storage, drying and dry storage. Results obtained with both versions have shown an important difference in the cladding hoop creep which justifies implementation of the new creep model.
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