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Title: Integral Fast Reactor: A future source of nuclear energy

Abstract

Argonne National Laboratory is developing a reactor concept that would be an important part of the worlds energy future. This report discusses the Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) concept which provides significant improvements over current generation reactors in reactor safety, plant complexity, nuclear proliferation, and waste generation. Two major facilities, a reactor and a fuel cycle facility, make up the IFR concept. The reactor uses fast neutrons and metal fuel in a sodium coolant at atmospheric pressure that relies on laws of physics to keep it safe. The fuel cycle facility is a hot cell using remote handling techniques for fabricating reactor fuel. The fuel feed stock includes spent fuel from the reactor, and potentially, spent light water reactor fuel and plutonium from weapons. This paper discusses the unique features of the IFR concept and the differences the quality assurance program has from current commercial practices. The IFR concept provides an opportunity to design a quality assurance program that makes use of the best contemporary ideas on management and quality.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab., Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
10180695
Report Number(s):
ANL/IFR/CP-80233; CONF-9309139-6
ON: DE93019761; TRN: 93:020063
DOE Contract Number:  
W-31109-ENG-38
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 20. American Society for Quality Control (ASQC) national energy and environmental annual conference,Indian Wells, CA (United States),19-22 Sep 1993; Other Information: PBD: [1993]
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; IFR REACTOR; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT; NUCLEAR ENERGY; FUEL CYCLE; FUEL REPROCESSING PLANTS; QUALITY ASSURANCE; DESIGN; PLUTONIUM; REACTOR SAFETY; 210500; POWER REACTORS, BREEDING

Citation Formats

Southon, R. Integral Fast Reactor: A future source of nuclear energy. United States: N. p., 1993. Web.
Southon, R. Integral Fast Reactor: A future source of nuclear energy. United States.
Southon, R. Wed . "Integral Fast Reactor: A future source of nuclear energy". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/10180695.
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