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Title: Fuel bundle design for enhanced usage of plutonium fuel

A nuclear fuel bundle includes a square array of fuel rods each having a concentration of enriched uranium and plutonium. Each rod of an interior array of the rods also has a concentration of gadolinium. The interior array of rods is surrounded by an exterior array of rods void of gadolinium. By this design, usage of plutonium in the nuclear reactor is enhanced.
Inventors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. (San Jose, CA)
  2. (Fremont, CA)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
870018
Assignee:
General Electric Company (San Jose, CA) OAK
Patent Number(s):
US 5440598
Contract Number:
AC03-93SF19681
Research Org:
General Electric Co
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
fuel; bundle; design; enhanced; usage; plutonium; nuclear; square; array; rods; concentration; enriched; uranium; rod; interior; gadolinium; surrounded; exterior; void; reactor; fuel bundle; enriched uranium; fuel rods; nuclear fuel; nuclear reactor; fuel rod; /376/