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Title: Performance analysis of a mixed nitride fuel system for an advanced liquid metal reactor

The conceptual development and analysis of a proposed mixed nitride driver and blanket fuel system for a prototypic advanced liquid metal reactor design has been performed. As a first step, an intensive literature survey was completed on the development and testing of nitride fuel systems. Based on the results of this survey, prototypic mixed nitride fuel and blanket pins were designed and analyzed using the SIEX computer code. The analysis predicted that the nitride fuel consistently operated at peak temperatures and cladding strain levels that compared quite favorably with competing fuel designs. These results, along with data available in the literature on nitride fuel performance, indicate that a nitride fuel system should offer enhanced capabilities for advanced liquid metal reactors. 13 refs., 10 figs., 2 tabs.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6398294
Report Number(s):
WHC-SA-0952; CONF-901101--55
ON: DE91004551; TRN: 91-000953
DOE Contract Number:
AC06-87RL10930
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: American Nuclear Society winter meeting, Washington, DC (USA), 11-15 Nov 1990
Research Org:
Westinghouse Hanford Co., Richland, WA (USA)
Sponsoring Org:
DOE/NE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; 22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; FUEL ELEMENTS; PERFORMANCE TESTING; LMFBR TYPE REACTORS; NUCLEAR FUELS; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; BURNUP; FUEL CANS; LOSS OF FLOW; REACTOR SAFETY; RUPTURES; S CODES; TEMPERATURE DISTRIBUTION; TRANSIENTS; URANIUM NITRIDES; ACCIDENTS; ACTINIDE COMPOUNDS; BREEDER REACTORS; COMPUTER CODES; ENERGY SOURCES; EPITHERMAL REACTORS; FAILURES; FAST REACTORS; FBR TYPE REACTORS; FUELS; LIQUID METAL COOLED REACTORS; MATERIALS; NITRIDES; NITROGEN COMPOUNDS; PNICTIDES; REACTOR ACCIDENTS; REACTOR COMPONENTS; REACTOR MATERIALS; REACTORS; SAFETY; TESTING; URANIUM COMPOUNDS 210500* -- Power Reactors, Breeding; 220900 -- Nuclear Reactor Technology-- Reactor Safety