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Title: Next Generation Nuclear Plant Research and Development Program Plan

Abstract

The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) is conducting research and development (R&D) on the Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) design concept for the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) Project. The reactor design will be a graphite moderated, thermal neutron spectrum reactor that will produce electricity and hydrogen in a highly efficient manner. The NGNP reactor core could be either a prismatic graphite block type core or a pebble bed core. Use of a liquid salt coolant is also being evaluated. The NGNP will use very high-burnup, low-enriched uranium, TRISO-coated fuel, and have a projected plant design service life of 60 years. The VHTR concept is considered to be the nearest-term reactor design that has the capability to efficiently produce hydrogen. The plant size, reactor thermal power, and core configuration will ensure passive decay heat removal without fuel damage or radioactive material releases during accidents. The objectives of the NGNP Project are to: Demonstrate a full-scale prototype VHTR that is commercially licensed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Demonstrate safe and economical nuclearassisted production of hydrogen and electricity. The DOE laboratories, led by the INL, will perform R&D that will be critical to the success of the NGNP, primarily in themore » areas of: High temperature gas reactor fuels behavior High temperature materials qualification Design methods development and validation Hydrogen production technologies Energy conversion. The current R&D work is addressing fundamental issues that are relevant to a variety of possible NGNP designs. This document describes the NGNP R&D planned and currently underway in the first three topic areas listed above. The NGNP Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program is presented in Section 2, the NGNP Materials R&D Program Plan is presented in Section 3, and the NGNP Design Methods Development and Validation R&D Program is presented in Section 4. The DOE-funded hydrogen production [DOE 2004] and energy conversion technologies programs are described elsewhere.« less

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
Sponsoring Org.:
DOE - NE
OSTI Identifier:
911012
Report Number(s):
INEEL/EXT-05-02581
TRN: US0704342
DOE Contract Number:
DE-AC07-99ID-13727
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 - SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS, 29 - ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; ACCIDENTS; AFTER-HEAT REMOVAL; CONFIGURATION; COOLANTS; DESIGN; ELECTRICITY; ENERGY CONVERSION; GRAPHITE; HYDROGEN; HYDROGEN PRODUCTION; NUCLEAR FUELS; PRODUCTION; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; REACTOR CORES; SERVICE LIFE; THERMAL NEUTRONS; URANIUM; VALIDATION; Development Program Plan; NGNP; VHTR

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P. E. MacDonald. Next Generation Nuclear Plant Research and Development Program Plan. United States: N. p., 2005. Web. doi:10.2172/911012.
P. E. MacDonald. Next Generation Nuclear Plant Research and Development Program Plan. United States. doi:10.2172/911012.
P. E. MacDonald. Sat . "Next Generation Nuclear Plant Research and Development Program Plan". United States. doi:10.2172/911012. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/911012.
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