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Thorium utilization

Abstract

Some of the factors that provide incentive for the utilization of thorium in specific reactor types are explored and the constraints that stand in the way are pointed out. The properties of thorium and derived fuels are discussed, and test and reactor operating experience is reviewed. In addition, symbiotic systems of breeder and converter reactor are suggested as being particularly attractive systems for energy production. Throughout the discussion, the High-Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor and Molten Salt Reactor are treated in some detail because they have been developed primarily for use with thorium fuel cycles.
Authors:
Trauger, D B [1] 
  1. Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (USA)
Publication Date:
Jan 01, 1978
Product Type:
Conference
Reference Number:
AIX-10-463603; ERA-05-011313; EDB-80-026967
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Ann. Nucl. Energy; (United Kingdom); Journal Volume: 5:8; Conference: Seminar on thorium and gas cooled reactors, San Diego, CA, USA, 17 Jun 1978
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; 21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; THORIUM CYCLE; COATED FUEL PARTICLES; FBR TYPE REACTORS; HTGR TYPE REACTORS; MOLTEN SALT FUELS; NUCLEAR FUEL CONVERSION; THORIUM; URANIUM 233; ACTINIDE ISOTOPES; ACTINIDE NUCLEI; ACTINIDES; ALPHA DECAY RADIOISOTOPES; BREEDER REACTORS; ELEMENTS; ENERGY SOURCES; EPITHERMAL REACTORS; EVEN-ODD NUCLEI; FAST REACTORS; FUEL CYCLE; FUEL PARTICLES; FUELS; GAS COOLED REACTORS; GRAPHITE MODERATED REACTORS; HEAVY NUCLEI; ISOTOPES; LIQUID FUELS; METALS; NUCLEAR FUELS; NUCLEI; RADIOISOTOPES; REACTOR MATERIALS; REACTORS; URANIUM ISOTOPES; YEARS LIVING RADIOISOTOPES; 050700* - Nuclear Fuels- Fuels Production & Properties; 210000 - Nuclear Power Plants
OSTI ID:
5667345
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: CODEN: ANEND
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
Pages: p. 375-403
Announcement Date:

Citation Formats

Trauger, D B. Thorium utilization. United Kingdom: N. p., 1978. Web.
Trauger, D B. Thorium utilization. United Kingdom.
Trauger, D B. 1978. "Thorium utilization." United Kingdom.
@misc{etde_5667345,
title = {Thorium utilization}
author = {Trauger, D B}
abstractNote = {Some of the factors that provide incentive for the utilization of thorium in specific reactor types are explored and the constraints that stand in the way are pointed out. The properties of thorium and derived fuels are discussed, and test and reactor operating experience is reviewed. In addition, symbiotic systems of breeder and converter reactor are suggested as being particularly attractive systems for energy production. Throughout the discussion, the High-Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor and Molten Salt Reactor are treated in some detail because they have been developed primarily for use with thorium fuel cycles.}
journal = {Ann. Nucl. Energy; (United Kingdom)}
volume = {5:8}
place = {United Kingdom}
year = {1978}
month = {Jan}
}