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The IABAT project is a preliminary assessment of the potential of accelerator-driven systems (ADS) for transmutation of nuclear waste and, additionally, for nuclear energy production with minimum waste generation.

The tasks of the project cover ADS and fuel cycle studies (including aspects of reducing risks from waste repositories and proliferation aspects of ADS), nuclear and material data development and assessment of accelerator technology.

Four ADS have been studied in detail: liquid lead and lead/bismuth cooled fast systems with solid fuel, liquid lead thermal system with dispersed fuel, and fast and thermal molten salt systems. Neutronic studies assessed transmutation potential of these systems for different fuel cycles and operation strategies. Some measures to ensure compliance of ADS systems with non-proliferation principles were proposed.

Efforts were put into the IABAT project to assess the simulation tools for spallation targets and to propose solutions which may mitigate some of the problems arising on merging accelerator and nuclear technologies.

Additional information

Authors: PEERANI P, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe (DE);MAGILL J, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: An EUR publication titled "Impact of accelerator-based technologies on nuclear fission safety (IABAT Project)" pp.60-67 EUR 19608 EN (2000) ISBN: 92-828-9653-6 Edited by: Gudowski W.
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