b'for nuclear applications and bringsthe understanding of the radiationFigure 1. Focused ion beam-milled value to the ongoing Department ofresponse of pure Cr, specificallycross section of the B-HiPIMS Cr Energy programs on PVD Cr coatingswhen used as a coating material. coating on SiCfor Zr-alloys as a near-term ATFOverall, this project seeks to enhance option. Finally, the existing literaturethe feasibility of applying SiC-SiCf on the behavior of Cr under irradia- composite fuel cladding for use in tion is limited, and neutron and ioncommercial LWRs as an alternative irradiation experiments conducted asto currently used Zr-alloy. SiC-SiCf part of this project will help advance 2022|AFC ACCOMPLISHMENTS 73'