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A first selection of inert-matrix materials for effective plutonium burning fuels and heterogeneous americium targets is discussed. Fabrication, basic properties and reprocessing studies, in-pile and out-pile tests recently performed in Europe in the framework of CAPRA, SPIN and EFTTRA programs, are reviewed here. Taking into account these studies and on the basis of the different requirements to be met for each of the fuels and targets, a number of materials have been selected as promising candidates. New trends for further research on these materials are established.

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Authors: COCUAUD N ET AL, CEA, CEN Cadarache, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (FR);KONINGS R J M, Netherlands Energy Research Foundation ECN, Petten (NL);MATZKE H J, JRC Karlsruhe (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Global '97-International Conference on Future Nuclear Systems, Yokohama (JP), October 5-10, 1997
Availability: Available from the (1) as Paper EN 40455 ORA
Record Number: 199710527 / Last updated on: 1997-05-09
Original language: en
Available languages: en