GE's Global Nuclear Fuel-Americas (GNF-A) announced enhancements to its GNF2 fuel product that are aimed at further improving reliability.

The newest version of the product, known as GNF2.02 was launched using GNF’s latest process for design iteration including rapid prototyping and testing. Improvements to the Defender™ PLUS debris filter significantly improve the chance of stopping debris before it ever reaches the fuel bundle.

“An improved debris filter means that GNF2.02 will offer our customers even better fuel reliability which translates to lower operating costs,” said Amir Vexler, CEO of Global Nuclear Fuel–Americas. “The use of 3D printing to prototype fuel filter designs enabled us to reduce the typical design cycle without sacrificing quality or design rigor. Rapid prototyping will enable us to continue to innovate quickly to meet our customers’ needs.”

GNF2.02 is available to customers now for shipping in a pre-channeled configuration.

GNF offers a full portfolio of nuclear engineering services that includes expert core and fuel cycle designs, predictive reports including pellet cladding interaction risk assessments, cyber compliant core monitoring with expansion capability into fleet analytics, fuel examination services, and industry-leading reactor operational consulting for issues such as channel distortion mitigation, chemistry transients, failed fuel management and long-term fuel storage.

GNF’s next fuel product, GNF3, is scheduled to be available for full reloads in 2019.