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Title: Plutonium Multiple Recycling In PWRs

Reprocessing and recycling open the road to a sustainable management of nuclear materials and an environment friendly management of nuclear waste. However, long or very long term recycling implies fast neutron reactors. High burn-ups of irradiated standard UO{sub 2} fuel as well as recycling of plutonium fuel in thermal reactors lead to a 'degradation' of plutonium that means a low fissile content, which is hardly compatible with recycling in LWRs. Thus the question of plutonium management has been raised; although there are some limitations, a truly large variety of options do exist; no one of the presently selected ways of plutonium management is a dead end road. Among these various options, some are fully compatible with the existing reactors and may be considered for the mid term future; they offer a competitive management of plutonium during the transition from thermal to fast reactors. (authors)
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. COGEMA, DRD, 2 rue Paul Dautier 78141 Velizy - Villacoublay Cedex (France)
  2. SERMA, CEA Saclay (France)
  3. SPRC - CEA Cadarache (France)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
21167857
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: ICAPP'02: 2002 International congress on advances in nuclear power plants, Hollywood, FL (United States), 9-13 Jun 2002; Other Information: Country of input: France
Publisher:
American Nuclear Society - ANS, La Grange Park (United States)
Research Org:
American Nuclear Society, 555 North Kensington Avenue, La Grange Park, IL 60526 (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; 12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; ENVIRONMENT; FAST NEUTRONS; FAST REACTORS; IRRADIATION; MANAGEMENT; NUCLEAR FUELS; PLUTONIUM; PWR TYPE REACTORS; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; RECYCLING; REPROCESSING; URANIUM DIOXIDE