Patents by Inventor Fédéric SCHUSTER

Fédéric SCHUSTER has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20170287578
    Abstract: The invention relates to a nuclear fuel cladding comprising: i) a substrate containing a zirconium-based inner layer, optionally coated with at least one intermediate layer formed by at least one intermediate material selected from among tantalum, molybdenum, tungsten, niobium, vanadium, hafnium or the alloys thereof; and ii) at least one protective outer layer placed on the substrate and formed by a protective material selected from either chromium or an alloy of chromium. The nuclear fuel cladding produced using the method of the invention has improved resistance to oxidation/hydriding. The invention also relates to the method for the production of the nuclear fuel cladding by ion etching of the surface of the substrate and deposition of the outer layer on the substrate with a high power impulse magnetron sputtering method (HiPIMS), as well as to the use thereof to protect against oxidation and/or hydriding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: Jean-Christophe BRACHET, Alain BILLARD, Fédéric SCHUSTER, Marion LE FLEM, Isabel IDARRAGA-TRUJILLO, Matthieu LE SAUX, Fernando LOMELLO