Metallic fuels for advanced reactorsFunded under: FP7-EURATOM
In the framework of the Generation IV Sodium Fast Reactor Program, the Advanced Fuel Project has conducted an evaluation of the available fuel systems supporting future sodium cooled fast reactors. This paper presents an evaluation of metallic alloy fuels. Early US fast reactor developers originally favored metal alloy fuel due to its high fissile density and compatibility with sodium. The goal of fast reactor fuel development programs is to develop and qualify a nuclear fuel system that performs all of the functions of a conventional fast spectrum nuclear fuel while destroying recycled actinides. This will provide a mechanism for closure of the nuclear fuel cycle. Metal fuels are candidates for this application, based on documented performance of metallic fast reactor fuels and the early results of tests currently being conducted in US and international transmutation fuel development programs.
Bibliographic Reference: An oral paper given at: Second Symposium on Nuclear Fuels and Structural Materials for Next Generation Nuclear Reactors Held in: Anaheim, California (US)
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Record Number: 200910309 / Last updated on: 2009-09-22
Original language: en
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