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Title: Nuclear reactor target assemblies, nuclear reactor configurations, and methods for producing isotopes, modifying materials within target material, and/or characterizing material within a target material

Target assemblies are provided that can include a uranium-comprising annulus. The assemblies can include target material consisting essentially of non-uranium material within the volume of the annulus. Reactors are disclosed that can include one or more discrete zones configured to receive target material. At least one uranium-comprising annulus can be within one or more of the zones. Methods for producing isotopes within target material are also disclosed, with the methods including providing neutrons to target material within a uranium-comprising annulus. Methods for modifying materials within target material are disclosed as well as are methods for characterizing material within a target material.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1457705
Assignee:
Battelle Memorial Institute (Richland, WA); Washington State University (Pullman, WA) PNNL
Patent Number(s):
9,997,267
Application Number:
13/766,600
Contract Number:
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2013 Feb 13
Research Org:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English