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Transmutation of long-lived radionuclides by advanced converters

Objective

The study will analyze the possibilities, limits and technological development steps needed for transmutation of actinides and long-lived fission products in unconventional advanced reactors and other advanced transmutation devices. The notion "unconventional advanced reactor" means a fast reactor with unconventional fuel or a coupled system of fast and superfast zones or a small unit, which mainly will be constructed for transmutation. The other advanced transmutation devices are special accelerators, spallation machines and fusion reactors.

The study is one part of a coordinated partitioning-transmutation study of a group of organisations: CEA, ECN-Petten and Siemens.
The study will analyse the possibilities, limits and technological development steps needed for transmutation of actinides and long-lived fission products in unconventional advanced reactors and other advanced transmutation devices. The notion, unconventional advanced reactor, means a fast reactor with unconventional fuel or a coupled system of fast and superfast zones or a small unit, which mainly will be constructed for transmutation. The other advanced transmutation devices are special accelerators, spallation machines and fusion reactors.

The work began with the definition and basic design of 3 reference cores.
Work programme:

1. Large fast reactor with MOX- and metal fuel, fast zones and high axial leakage

2. Fast reactors, small units

3. Spallation machines

4. Fusion reactors

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Siemens AG
Address
Hammerbacherstraße 12-14
91050 Erlangen
Germany