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Finite Element Modeling of Micro-scale Bending Testing of Nuclear Reactor Materials

Structural reliability of nuclear fuels is key for the development of safer nuclear reactors. In this work, mechanical behavior of Uranium Dioxide (UO2) is investigated by developing finite element (FE) models of test samples and using load-displacement results from the experiments to calibrate and validate material models that describe plasticity and creep of UO2. Micro-cantilever