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The results of nondestructive and destructive examination of the SUPERFACT 1 experiment carried out by both the Transuranium Institute (TUI) and the French Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (CEA) are reported. This experiment aimed to study the behaviour of fuels made up with neptunium or americium (from 2% M weight up to 45% in weight of heavy atoms) under irradiation in the Phénix French fast reactor (FR). Post test examinations, jointly performed by the CEA and TUI, allowed comparison of this behaviour with the standard oxide fuel reference. The experiment's main results are reviewed. Then, the real interest in the FRs for a high rate of transmutation of actinides is examined, and also, some limitations are discussed.

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Authors: PRUNIER C, CEA, CEN Cadarache, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (FR);BOUSSARD F, CEA, CEN Cadarache, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (FR);KOCH L, JRC Karlsruhe (DE);COQUERELLE M, JRC Karlsruhe (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Nuclear Technology, Vol. 119 (1997) pp. 141-147
Record Number: 199810001 / Last updated on: 1998-02-03
Original language: en
Available languages: en