Behavior of spent nuclear fuel in water pool storage
Storage of irradiated nuclear fuel in water pools (basins) has been standard practice since nuclear reactors first began operation approximately 34 years ago. Pool storage is the starting point for all other fuel storage candidate processes and is a candidate for extended interim fuel storage until policy questions regarding reprocessing and ultimate disposal have been resolved. This report assesses the current performance of nuclear fuel in pool storage, the range of storage conditions, and the prospects for extending residence times. The assessment is based on visits to five U.S. and Canadian fuel storage sites, representing nine storage pools, and on discussions with operators of an additional 21 storage pools. Spent fuel storage experience from British pools at Winfrith and Windscale and from a German pool at Karlsruhe (WAK) also is summarized.
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- Battelle Pacific Northwest Labs., Richland, Wash. (USA)
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- United States
- 21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; 11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; FUEL POOLS; SPENT FUEL STORAGE; BWR TYPE REACTORS; CANDU TYPE REACTORS; EVALUATION; PERFORMANCE; PWR TYPE REACTORS; SPENT FUEL ELEMENTS; FUEL ELEMENTS; HEAVY WATER MODERATED REACTORS; PRESSURE TUBE REACTORS; REACTOR COMPONENTS; REACTORS; THERMAL REACTORS; WATER COOLED REACTORS; WATER MODERATED REACTORS 210000* -- Nuclear Power Plants; 050900 -- Nuclear Fuels-- Transport, Handling, & Storage
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