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Title: Impact of Reprocessed Uranium Management on the Homogeneous Recycling of Transuranics in PWRs

This article presents the results of a neutronics analysis related to the homogeneous recycling of transuranics (TRU) in PWRs with a MOX fuel using enriched uranium instead of depleted uranium. It also addresses an often, if not always, overlooked aspect related to the recycling of TRU in PWRs, namely the use of reprocessed uranium. From a neutronics point of view, it is possible to multi-recycle the entirety of the plutonium with or without neptunium and americium in a PWR fleet using MOX-EU fuel in between one third and two thirds of the fleet. Recycling neptunium and americium with plutonium significantly decreases the decay heat of the waste stream between 100 to 1,000 years compared to those of an open fuel cycle or when only plutonium is recycled. The uranium present in MOX-EU used fuel still contains a significant amount of 235uranium and recycling it makes a major difference on the natural uranium needs. For example, a PWR fleet recycling its plutonium, neptunium and americium in MOXEU needs 28 percent more natural uranium than a reference UO 2 open cycle fleet generating the same energy if the reprocessed uranium is not recycled and 19 percent less if the reprocessed uranium ismore » recycled back in the reactors, i.e. a 47 percent difference.« less
  1. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Nuclear Systems Design and Analysis Division
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Journal ID: ISSN 0029-5450
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nuclear Technology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 198; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 0029-5450
American Nuclear Society (ANS)
Research Org:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
Country of Publication:
United States
22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; Reprocessed Uranium; Transurancics in PWRS; Uranium management; Plutonium; TRU; Recycling; PWR
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