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Interim dry fuel storage for magnox reactors

Abstract

In the UK the practice of short term buffer storage in water ponds prior to chemical reprocessing had already been established on the early gas cooled reactors in Calder Hall. Thus the choice of water pond buffer storage for MGR power plants logically followed the national policy decision to reprocess. The majority of the buffer storage period would take place at the reprocessing plant with only a nominal of 100 days targeted at the station. Since Magnox clad fuel is not suitable for long term pond storage, alternative methods of storage on future stations was considered desirable. In addition to safeguards considerations the economic aspects of the fuel cycle has influenced the conclusion that today the purchase of a MGR power plant with dry spent fuel storage and without commitment to reprocess would be a rational decision for a country initiating a nuclear programme. Dry storage requirements are discussed and two designs of dry storage facilities presented together with a fuel preparation facility.
Authors:
Bradley, N; [1]  Ealing, C [2] 
  1. National Nuclear Corporation, Risley, Warrington (United Kingdom)
  2. GEC Energy Systems Ltd, Whetstone, Leicester (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 1985
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
IWGGCR-8
Reference Number:
EDB-00:110924
Resource Relation:
Conference: Specialists' meeting on gas-cooled reactor fuel development and spent fuel treatment, Moscow (Russian Federation), 18-21 Oct 1983; Other Information: 4 refs, 6 figs, 1 tab; PBD: 1985; Related Information: In: Specialists' meeting on gas-cooled reactor fuel development and spent fuel treatment, 412 pages.
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; DECISION MAKING; DRY STORAGE; ECONOMIC IMPACT; FUEL ELEMENTS; FUEL STORAGE POOLS; MAGNOX TYPE REACTORS; REPROCESSING; SPENT FUEL STORAGE; WASTE MANAGEMENT
OSTI ID:
20109823
Research Organizations:
International Atomic Energy Agency, International Working Group on Gas-Cooled Reactors, Vienna (Austria); State Committee on the Utilisation of Atomic Energy of the USSR, Moscow (Russian Federation)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: XA0055803049636
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 315-332
Announcement Date:

Citation Formats

Bradley, N, and Ealing, C. Interim dry fuel storage for magnox reactors. IAEA: N. p., 1985. Web.
Bradley, N, & Ealing, C. Interim dry fuel storage for magnox reactors. IAEA.
Bradley, N, and Ealing, C. 1985. "Interim dry fuel storage for magnox reactors." IAEA.
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title = {Interim dry fuel storage for magnox reactors}
author = {Bradley, N, and Ealing, C}
abstractNote = {In the UK the practice of short term buffer storage in water ponds prior to chemical reprocessing had already been established on the early gas cooled reactors in Calder Hall. Thus the choice of water pond buffer storage for MGR power plants logically followed the national policy decision to reprocess. The majority of the buffer storage period would take place at the reprocessing plant with only a nominal of 100 days targeted at the station. Since Magnox clad fuel is not suitable for long term pond storage, alternative methods of storage on future stations was considered desirable. In addition to safeguards considerations the economic aspects of the fuel cycle has influenced the conclusion that today the purchase of a MGR power plant with dry spent fuel storage and without commitment to reprocess would be a rational decision for a country initiating a nuclear programme. Dry storage requirements are discussed and two designs of dry storage facilities presented together with a fuel preparation facility.}
place = {IAEA}
year = {1985}
month = {Jul}
}