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A cost-effective U-235 once-through startup mode for SFRs

Fei, T and Shwageraus, E and Driscoll, MJ (2011) A cost-effective U-235 once-through startup mode for SFRs. In: UNSPECIFIED pp. 734-735..

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Near term deployment of fast reactors in the US is inhibited, in part, by the unavailability of plutonium recovered from reprocessing of discharged light-water- reactor (LWR) fuel. There is, however, a way to make a once-through U-235 fueled sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR) core economically competitive with its LWR counterpart. A principal enabling factor is the use of high- albedo MgO reflectors in lieu of depleted uranium radial and axial blankets (1) (2). The resulting core is then usually limited by cladding fluence rather than reactivity lifetime, leading to a tradeoff between reducing U-235 enrichment to reduce fuel cost versus increasing it to reduce flux, hence fluence. A compromise design is described which has projected once-through fuel cycle costs, in mills/kWhre, comparable to that of current LWRs.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Divisions: Div A > Energy
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2015 13:33
Last Modified: 05 May 2016 12:31