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Title: MOX fuel arrangement for nuclear core

Abstract

In order to use up a stockpile of weapons-grade plutonium, the plutonium is converted into a mixed oxide (MOX) fuel form wherein it can be disposed in a plurality of different fuel assembly types. Depending on the equilibrium cycle that is required, a predetermined number of one or more of the fuel assembly types are selected and arranged in the core of the reactor in accordance with a selected loading schedule. Each of the fuel assemblies is designed to produce different combustion characteristics whereby the appropriate selection and disposition in the core enables the resulting equilibrium cycle to closely resemble that which is produced using urania fuel. The arrangement of the MOX rods and burnable absorber rods within each of the fuel assemblies, in combination with a selective control of the amount of plutonium which is contained in each of the MOX rods, is used to tailor the combustion characteristics of the assembly.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. (Portland, CT)
  2. (Windsor, CT)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
COMBUSTION ENGINEERING, INC.
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
947161
Patent Number(s):
6,263,038
Application Number:
09/083,442
Assignee:
CE Nuclear Power LLC (Windsor, CT) OAK
DOE Contract Number:  
AC03-93SF19682
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Kantrowitz, Mark L., and Rosenstein, Richard G. MOX fuel arrangement for nuclear core. United States: N. p., 2001. Web.
Kantrowitz, Mark L., & Rosenstein, Richard G. MOX fuel arrangement for nuclear core. United States.
Kantrowitz, Mark L., and Rosenstein, Richard G. Tue . "MOX fuel arrangement for nuclear core". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/947161.
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abstractNote = {In order to use up a stockpile of weapons-grade plutonium, the plutonium is converted into a mixed oxide (MOX) fuel form wherein it can be disposed in a plurality of different fuel assembly types. Depending on the equilibrium cycle that is required, a predetermined number of one or more of the fuel assembly types are selected and arranged in the core of the reactor in accordance with a selected loading schedule. Each of the fuel assemblies is designed to produce different combustion characteristics whereby the appropriate selection and disposition in the core enables the resulting equilibrium cycle to closely resemble that which is produced using urania fuel. The arrangement of the MOX rods and burnable absorber rods within each of the fuel assemblies, in combination with a selective control of the amount of plutonium which is contained in each of the MOX rods, is used to tailor the combustion characteristics of the assembly.},
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