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Title: System 80+: The premier plutonium burner

Abstract

The disarmament plans of both the United States and the former Soviet Union will result in the need to dispose of excess plutonium on both sides. While the final details remain to be determined, it is currently anticipated that device disassembly will result in a requirement to [open quotes]denature[close quotes] (i.e., make unsuitable for weapons use) [approximately]100 tonnes of plutonium by 2018. The denaturing of the plutonium is accomplished by the buildup of [sup 240]Pu content in the material through in-reactor irradiation of plutonium-bearing fuel. The System 80+[trademark] standard design is of particular interest because its predecessor, System 80[trademark], was originally specifically designed to make use of an all-plutonium core. A single System 80+[trademark] reactor can meet the 100-tonne disposal requirement. Because the System 80+[trademark] advanced standard plant design is based on a proven technology base and is very far along in the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) design certification process, it would provide the quickest, most economical vehicle for denaturing the surplus plutonium.

Authors:
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  1. (ABB Combustion Engineering Nuclear Power, Inc., Windsor, CT (United States))
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5823854
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 5823854
Report Number(s):
CONF-930601--
Journal ID: ISSN 0003-018X; CODEN: TANSAO
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Transactions of the American Nuclear Society; (United States); Journal Volume: 68; Conference: American Nuclear Society (ANS) annual meeting, San Diego, CA (United States), 20-24 Jun 1993
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
98 NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT, SAFEGUARDS, AND PHYSICAL PROTECTION; 11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; 21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; DENATURED FUEL; PRODUCTION; PLUTONIUM; IRRADIATION; SAFEGUARDS; CE STANDARD REACTOR; NUCLEAR WEAPONS; PROLIFERATION; ACTINIDES; ELEMENTS; ENERGY SOURCES; ENRICHED URANIUM REACTORS; FUELS; MATERIALS; METALS; NUCLEAR FUELS; POWER REACTORS; PWR TYPE REACTORS; REACTOR MATERIALS; REACTORS; THERMAL REACTORS; TRANSURANIUM ELEMENTS; WATER COOLED REACTORS; WATER MODERATED REACTORS; WEAPONS 055000* -- Nuclear Fuels-- Safeguards, Inspection, & Accountability; 050700 -- Nuclear Fuels-- Fuels Production & Properties; 210200 -- Power Reactors, Nonbreeding, Light-Water Moderated, Nonboiling Water Cooled; 350200 -- Arms Control-- Proliferation-- (1987-)

Citation Formats

Crump, N.W., Flynn, E.P., and Knapp, R.W. System 80+: The premier plutonium burner. United States: N. p., 1993. Web.
Crump, N.W., Flynn, E.P., & Knapp, R.W. System 80+: The premier plutonium burner. United States.
Crump, N.W., Flynn, E.P., and Knapp, R.W. Fri . "System 80+: The premier plutonium burner". United States. doi:.
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author = {Crump, N.W. and Flynn, E.P. and Knapp, R.W.},
abstractNote = {The disarmament plans of both the United States and the former Soviet Union will result in the need to dispose of excess plutonium on both sides. While the final details remain to be determined, it is currently anticipated that device disassembly will result in a requirement to [open quotes]denature[close quotes] (i.e., make unsuitable for weapons use) [approximately]100 tonnes of plutonium by 2018. The denaturing of the plutonium is accomplished by the buildup of [sup 240]Pu content in the material through in-reactor irradiation of plutonium-bearing fuel. The System 80+[trademark] standard design is of particular interest because its predecessor, System 80[trademark], was originally specifically designed to make use of an all-plutonium core. A single System 80+[trademark] reactor can meet the 100-tonne disposal requirement. Because the System 80+[trademark] advanced standard plant design is based on a proven technology base and is very far along in the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) design certification process, it would provide the quickest, most economical vehicle for denaturing the surplus plutonium.},
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journal = {Transactions of the American Nuclear Society; (United States)},
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volume = 68,
place = {United States},
year = {Fri Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1993},
month = {Fri Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1993}
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