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Title: Study of Pu consumption in Advanced Light Water Reactors. Evaluation of GE Advanced Boiling Water Reactor plants

Timely disposal of the weapons plutonium is of paramount importance to permanently safeguarding this material. GE`s 1300 MWe Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) has been designed to utilize fill] core loading of mixed uranium-plutonium oxide fuel. Because of its large core size, a single ABWR reactor is capable of disposing 100 metric tons of plutonium within 15 years of project inception in the spiking mode. The same amount of material could be disposed of in 25 years after the start of the project as spent fuel, again using a single reactor, while operating at 75 percent capacity factor. In either case, the design permits reuse of the stored spent fuel assemblies for electrical energy generation for the remaining life of the plant for another 40 years. Up to 40 percent of the initial plutonium can also be completely destroyed using ABWRS, without reprocessing, either by utilizing six ABWRs over 25 years or by expanding the disposition time to 60 years, the design life of the plants and using two ABWRS. More complete destruction would require the development and testing of a plutonium-base fuel with a non-fertile matrix for an ABWR or use of an Advanced Liquid Metal Reactor (ALMR). Themore » ABWR, in addition, is fully capable of meeting the tritium target production goals with already developed target technology.« less
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
10172193
Report Number(s):
DOE/SF/19681--T1
ON: DE93017006; TRN: 93:017871
DOE Contract Number:
AC03-93SF19681
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 13 May 1993
Research Org:
General Electric Co., San Jose, CA (United States). Nuclear Energy Business Operations
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; 11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; BWR TYPE REACTORS; NUCLEAR FUELS; PLUTONIUM; EVALUATION; REACTOR CORES; DESIGN; MIXED OXIDE FUELS; SPENT FUELS; FABRICATION; MANAGEMENT; TRITIUM; LITHIUM; FUEL RODS; COST; SCHEDULES; SAFETY; RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT 210100; 050700; 050800; POWER REACTORS, NONBREEDING, LIGHT-WATER MODERATED, BOILING WATER COOLED; FUELS PRODUCTION AND PROPERTIES; SPENT FUELS REPROCESSING