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Investigation of fuel assembly design options for high conversion thorium fuel cycle in PWRs

Shwageraus, E and Volaski, D and Fridman, E (2009) Investigation of fuel assembly design options for high conversion thorium fuel cycle in PWRs. In: UNSPECIFIED pp. 933-942..

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Abstract

This study explores the basic possibility of achieving a self-sustainable Th-U233 fuel cycle that can be adopted in the current generation of Pressurized Water Reactors. This study outlines some fuel design strategies to achieve (or to approach as closely as possible) a sustainable fuel cycle. Major design tradeoffs in the core design are discussed. Preliminary neutronic analysis performed on the fuel assembly level with BOXER computer code suggests that net breeding of U233 is feasible in principle within a typical PWR operating envelope. However, some reduction in the core power density and/or shorter than typical fuel cycle length would most likely be required in order to achieve such performance.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords: High conversion reactor Thorium fuel cycle
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div A > Energy
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 12:04
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2014 01:20
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