By H Nifenecker
Curiosity has risen lately within the reactors, that are stated may perhaps produce power and transmute radioactive wastes in a purifier and more secure demeanour than present nuclear energy reactors. Nifenecker, O. Meplan, and S. David (all Institute of Nuclear Physics, France) supply an intuitive rationalization of the present know-how and economics, for college kids and practitioners in nuclear reactor know-how who've no longer inevitably encountered the technique prior to nor are intimate with such advanced codes because the Monte Carlo variety. they start by way of commencing the context of power use and resources, then talk about such facets as effortless reactor conception, useful simulation equipment, gas reprocessing thoughts, widespread houses, and eventualities for improvement. allotted within the US by means of AIDC
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The whole fuel cycle would have to be redesigned. A renewed interest has been displayed in gas cooled high-temperature reactors (HGTRs or HTRs). In these reactors the fuel is composed of tiny ﬁssile–fertile particles (uranium, thorium, and plutonium carbides) coated with carbon and Si–C layers. Such fuel allows operation at very high temperatures (up to 900 8C). Ã The high stability of the fuel would allow very high burn-ups of more than 200 MWd/ton. With such burn-ups a very eﬃcient incineration of plutonium should be obtained, while reducing the amount of spent fuels or reprocessing wastes.
Since a typical 1 GWe reactor produces each year 4 kg of 129 I, for example, a 20 mA accelerator could transmute annually the production of more than ten reactors. Chapter 3 Elementary reactor theory Before describing the physics speciﬁc to hybrid reactors, it is appropriate to review the basics of nuclear reactor theory. We ﬁrst recall some elements of neutron physics which apply to both critical and subcritical systems. 1 Interaction of neutrons with nuclei Elementary processes In a nuclear reactor neutrons are produced, slowed down and captured.
5% annual increase of the nuclear park was assumed. 8 shows the plutonium stockpile outside the reactors. It displays three regimes. 8. Evolution of the Pu inventory in the case of deployment of a fast reactor U–Pu breeder park. a result of the production by the increasing PWR (BWR) park. The decrease between 2030 and 2050 reﬂects the sharp increase in the number of fast reactors. The increase after 2050 is due to the slower increase of the number of fast reactors. Instead of keeping the total plutonium stockpile at such a high value, it could be possible to use the excess neutrons for the transmutation of ﬁssion products, for example.
Accelerator Driven Subcritical Reactors by H Nifenecker