High conversion TH-U fuel cycle for current generation of PWRS

Daniela Baldova, Emil Fridman, Eugene Shwageraus

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Abstract

This paper summarizes the results of a feasibility study on high conversion (HC) Th-U233 fuel cycle for current generation of PWRs. The paper covers a number of aspects associated with the use of HC Th-U fuel in PWRs including: 1) description of a proposed HC seed-blanket Th-U233 fuel assembly design; 2) discussion on a feasible way of generating U233; 3) evaluation of neutronic characteristics and conversion performance of the HC Th-U fuel by accounting for the evolution of U isotopic composition with the number of recycle stages; 4) assessment of HC Th-U PWR core performance is through 3D full core coupled neutronic and T-H analysis; 5) estimation of potential savings in available resources that can be achieved by using HC Th-U fuel cycle as compared to the current fuel cycle practices are evaluated.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhysics of Reactors 2016, PHYSOR 2016
Subtitle of host publicationUnifying Theory and Experiments in the 21st Century
PublisherAmerican Nuclear Society
Pages2476-2488
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781510825734
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventPhysics of Reactors 2016: Unifying Theory and Experiments in the 21st Century, PHYSOR 2016 - Sun Valley, United States
Duration: 1 May 20165 May 2016

Publication series

NamePhysics of Reactors 2016, PHYSOR 2016: Unifying Theory and Experiments in the 21st Century
Volume4

Conference

ConferencePhysics of Reactors 2016: Unifying Theory and Experiments in the 21st Century, PHYSOR 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySun Valley
Period1/05/165/05/16

Keywords

  • DYN3D
  • High conversion
  • PWR
  • Seed-blanket
  • Th-U fuel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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