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Title: Fusion breeder

The fusion breeder is a fusion reactor designed with special blankets to maximize the transmutation by 14 MeV neutrons of uranium-238 to plutonium or thorium to uranium-233 for use as a fuel for fission reactors. Breeding fissile fuels has not been a goal of the US fusion energy program. This paper suggests it is time for a policy change to make the fusion breeder a goal of the US fusion program and the US nuclear energy program. The purpose of this paper is to suggest this policy change be made and tell why it should be made, and to outline specific research and development goals so that the fusion breeder will be developed in time to meet fissile fuel needs.
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5182768
Report Number(s):
UCRL-87290-Rev.1; CONF-820351-1Rev.1
ON: DE82013794; TRN: 82-014539
DOE Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: National Science Foundation policy workshop, Washington, DC, USA, 4 Mar 1982; Other Information: Portions of document are illegible
Research Org:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (USA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; HYBRID REACTORS; BREEDING RATIO; BREEDING; COST; FUEL CYCLE; NUCLEAR FUELS; POWER REACTORS; CONVERSION RATIO; ENERGY SOURCES; FUELS; MATERIALS; NUCLEAR FUEL CONVERSION; REACTOR MATERIALS; REACTORS 700200* -- Fusion Energy-- Fusion Power Plant Technology; 290600 -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Nuclear Energy