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Title: The integral fast reactor (IFR) concept: Physics of operation and safety

Abstract

The IFR concept employs a pool layout, a U/Pu/Zr metal alloy fuel and a closed fuel cycle based on pyrometallurgical reprocessing and injection casting refabrication. The reactor physics issues of designing for inherent safety and for a closed fissile self-sufficient integral fuel cycle with uranium startup and potential actinide transmutation are discussed.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab., IL (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
6198515
Report Number(s):
CONF-870424-14
ON: DE87011533; TRN: 87-030073
DOE Contract Number:
W-31109-ENG-38
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: American Nuclear Society international meeting on advances in reactor physics, mathematics and computation, Paris, France, 27 Apr 1987; Other Information: Portions of this document are illegible in microfiche products
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; 21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; LMFBR TYPE REACTORS; ENGINEERED SAFETY SYSTEMS; REACTOR SAFETY; ATWS; REACTIVITY COEFFICIENTS; REACTOR KINETICS; TRANSIENT OVERPOWER ACCIDENTS; ACCIDENTS; BREEDER REACTORS; EPITHERMAL REACTORS; FAST REACTORS; FBR TYPE REACTORS; KINETICS; LIQUID METAL COOLED REACTORS; REACTOR ACCIDENTS; REACTORS; SAFETY; 220900* - Nuclear Reactor Technology- Reactor Safety; 210500 - Power Reactors, Breeding

Citation Formats

Wade, D.C., and Chang, Y.I.. The integral fast reactor (IFR) concept: Physics of operation and safety. United States: N. p., 1987. Web.
Wade, D.C., & Chang, Y.I.. The integral fast reactor (IFR) concept: Physics of operation and safety. United States.
Wade, D.C., and Chang, Y.I.. Thu . "The integral fast reactor (IFR) concept: Physics of operation and safety". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/6198515.
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