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Title: Advanced dry head-end reprocessing of light water reactor spent nuclear fuel

Abstract

A method for reprocessing spent nuclear fuel from a light water reactor includes the step of reacting spent nuclear fuel in a voloxidation vessel with an oxidizing gas having nitrogen dioxide and oxygen for a period sufficient to generate a solid oxidation product of the spent nuclear fuel. The reacting step includes the step of reacting, in a first zone of the voloxidation vessel, spent nuclear fuel with the oxidizing gas at a temperature ranging from 200-450.degree. C. to form an oxidized reaction product, and regenerating nitrogen dioxide, in a second zone of the voloxidation vessel, by reacting oxidizing gas comprising nitrogen monoxide and oxygen at a temperature ranging from 0-80.degree. C. The first zone and the second zone can be separate. A voloxidation system is also disclosed.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
ORNL (Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States))
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1107878
Patent Number(s):
8,574,523
Application Number:
13/079,897
Assignee:
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-000R22725
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS

Citation Formats

Collins, Emory D, Delcul, Guillermo D, Hunt, Rodney D, Johnson, Jared A, and Spencer, Barry B. Advanced dry head-end reprocessing of light water reactor spent nuclear fuel. United States: N. p., 2013. Web.
Collins, Emory D, Delcul, Guillermo D, Hunt, Rodney D, Johnson, Jared A, & Spencer, Barry B. Advanced dry head-end reprocessing of light water reactor spent nuclear fuel. United States.
Collins, Emory D, Delcul, Guillermo D, Hunt, Rodney D, Johnson, Jared A, and Spencer, Barry B. Tue . "Advanced dry head-end reprocessing of light water reactor spent nuclear fuel". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1107878.
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author = {Collins, Emory D and Delcul, Guillermo D and Hunt, Rodney D and Johnson, Jared A and Spencer, Barry B},
abstractNote = {A method for reprocessing spent nuclear fuel from a light water reactor includes the step of reacting spent nuclear fuel in a voloxidation vessel with an oxidizing gas having nitrogen dioxide and oxygen for a period sufficient to generate a solid oxidation product of the spent nuclear fuel. The reacting step includes the step of reacting, in a first zone of the voloxidation vessel, spent nuclear fuel with the oxidizing gas at a temperature ranging from 200-450.degree. C. to form an oxidized reaction product, and regenerating nitrogen dioxide, in a second zone of the voloxidation vessel, by reacting oxidizing gas comprising nitrogen monoxide and oxygen at a temperature ranging from 0-80.degree. C. The first zone and the second zone can be separate. A voloxidation system is also disclosed.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2013},
month = {11}
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