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Title: The effect of the composition of plutonium loaded on the reactivity change and the isotopic composition of fuel produced in a fast reactor

This paper presents the results of a numerical investigation into burnup and breeding of nuclides in metallic fuel consisting of a mixture of plutonium and depleted uranium in a fast reactor with sodium coolant. The feasibility of using plutonium contained in spent nuclear fuel from domestic thermal reactors and weapons-grade plutonium is discussed. It is shown that the largest production of secondary fuel and the least change in the reactivity over the reactor lifetime can be achieved when employing plutonium contained in spent nuclear fuel from a reactor of the RBMK-1000 type.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. National Research Center Kurchatov Institute (Russian Federation)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22314730
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Atomic Nuclei; Journal Volume: 77; Journal Issue: 13; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2014 Pleiades Publishing, Ltd.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; BURNUP; DEPLETED URANIUM; FAST REACTORS; ISOTOPE RATIO; NUCLEAR WEAPONS; PLUTONIUM; REACTIVITY; SODIUM; SPENT FUELS; THERMAL REACTORS