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  1. Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor Program: Argonne facilities

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    Stephens, S. V. [comp.

    1976-09-01

    The objective of the document is to present in one volume an overview of the Argonne National Laboratory test facilities involved in the conduct of the national LMFBR research and development program. Existing facilities and those under construction or authorized as of September 1976 are described. Each profile presents brief descriptions of the overall facility and its test area and data relating to its experimental and testing capability. The volume is divided into two sections: Argonne-East and Argonne-West. Introductory material for each section includes site and facility maps. The profiles are arranged alphabetically by title according to their respective locations at Argonne-East or Argonne-West. A glossary of acronyms and letter designations in common usage to describe organizations, reactor and test facilities, components, etc., involved in the LMFBR program is appended.

  2. Specialists' meeting on advanced controls for fast reactors, Argonne, Illinois, USA June 20-22, 1989

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    The Specialists' Meeting on ''Advanced Controls for Fast Reactors'' was held in Argonne, Illinois, USA, from June 20 to 22, 1989. The meeting was sponsored by the International Atomic Energy Agency on the recommendation of the IAEA International Working Group on Fast Reactors and was hosted by Argonne National Laboratory and the US Department of Energy. It was attended by 20 participants and observers from Argentina, France, Germany, Japan, India, the USSR, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the IAEA. The purpose of the meeting was to provide an opportunity for participating countries to review and discuss their views on design and technology for advanced control in fast reactors. During the meeting papers were presented by the participants on behalf of their countries and organizations. Presentations were followed by open discussions on the subjects covered by the papers and summaries of the discussions were drafted. After the formal sessions were completed, a final discussion session was held and summaries, general conclusions and recommendations were approved by consensus. A separate abstract was prepared for each of the 22 papers presented at this meeting. Refs, figs, tabs, diagrams and photos

  3. Advanced sodium fast reactor accident source terms :

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    Powers, Dana Auburn; Clement, Bernard; Denning, Richard; Ohno, Shuji; Zeyen, Roland

    2010-09-01

    An expert opinion elicitation has been used to evaluate phenomena that could affect releases of radionuclides during accidents at sodium-cooled fast reactors. The intent was to identify research needed to develop a mechanistic model of radionuclide release for licensing and risk assessment purposes. Experts from the USA, France, the European Union, and Japan identified phenomena that could affect the release of radionuclides under hypothesized accident conditions. They qualitatively evaluated the importance of these phenomena and the need for additional experimental research. The experts identified seven phenomena that are of high importance and have a high need for additional experimental research: High temperature release of radionuclides from fuel during an energetic event Energetic interactions between molten reactor fuel and sodium coolant and associated transfer of radionuclides from the fuel to the coolant Entrainment of fuel and sodium bond material during the depressurization of a fuel rod with breached cladding Rates of radionuclide leaching from fuel by liquid sodium Surface enrichment of sodium pools by dissolved and suspended radionuclides Thermal decomposition of sodium iodide in the containment atmosphere Reactions of iodine species in the containment to form volatile organic iodides. Other issues of high importance were identified that might merit further research as development of the mechanistic model of radionuclide release progressed.

  4. The Integral Fast Reactor

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    The Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) is an innovative liquid metal reactor concept being developed at Argonne National Laboratory. It seeks to specifically exploit the inherent properties of liquid metal cooling and metallic fuel in a way that leads to substantial improvements in the characteristics of the complete reactor system. This paper describes the key features and potential advantages of the IFR concept, with emphasis on its safety characteristics. 3 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab

  5. Neutron source investigations in support of the cross section program at the Argonne Fast-Neutron Generator

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    Experimental methods related to the production of neutrons for cross section studies at the Argonne Fast-Neutron Generator are reviewed. Target assemblies commonly employed in these measurements are described, and some of the relevant physical properties of the neutron source reactions are discussed. Various measurements have been performed to ascertain knowledge about these source reaction that is required for cross section data analysis purposes. Some results from these studies are presented, and a few specific examples of neutron-source-related corrections to cross section data are provided. 16 figures, 3 tables

  6. Decontamination and decommissioning of the Argonne Thermal Source Reactor at Argonne National Laboratory - East project final report.

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    Fellhauer, C.; Garlock, G.; Mathiesen, J.

    1998-12-02

    The ATSR D&D Project was directed toward the following goals: (1) Removal of radioactive and hazardous materials associated with the ATSR Reactor facility; (2) Decontamination of the ATSR Reactor facility to unrestricted use levels; and (3)Documentation of all project activities affecting quality (i.e., waste packaging, instrument calibration, audit results, and personnel exposure). These goals had been set in order to eliminate the radiological and hazardous safety concerns inherent in the ATSR Reactor facility and to allow, upon completion of the project, unescorted and unmonitored access to the area. The reactor aluminum, reactor lead, graphite piles in room E-111, and the contaminated concrete in room E-102 were the primary areas of concern. NES, Incorporated (Danbury, CT) characterized the ATSR Reactor facility from January to March 1998. The characterization identified a total of thirteen radionuclides, with a total activity of 64.84 mCi (2.4 GBq). The primary radionuclides of concern were Co{sup 60}, Eu{sup 152}, Cs{sup 137}, and U{sup 238}. No additional radionuclides were identified during the D&D of the facility. The highest dose rates observed during the project were associated with the reactor tank and shield tank. Contact radiation levels of 30 mrem/hr (0.3 mSv/hr) were measured on reactor internals during dismantlement of the reactor. A level of 3 mrem/hr (0.03 mSv/hr) was observed in a small area (hot spot) in room E-102. DOE Order 5480.2A establishes the maximum whole body exposure for occupational workers at 5 rem/yr (50 mSv/yr); the administrative limit at ANL-E is 1 rem/yr (10 mSv/yr).

  7. Advanced sodium fast reactor accident source terms : research needs.

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    Powers, Dana Auburn; Clement, Bernard [IRSN/DPAM.SEMIC Bt 702, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, France; Denning, Richard [Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; Ohno, Shuji [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Ibaraki, Japan; Zeyen, Roland [Institute for Energy Petten, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, France

    2010-09-01

    An expert opinion elicitation has been used to evaluate phenomena that could affect releases of radionuclides during accidents at sodium-cooled fast reactors. The intent was to identify research needed to develop a mechanistic model of radionuclide release for licensing and risk assessment purposes. Experts from the USA, France, the European Union, and Japan identified phenomena that could affect the release of radionuclides under hypothesized accident conditions. They qualitatively evaluated the importance of these phenomena and the need for additional experimental research. The experts identified seven phenomena that are of high importance and have a high need for additional experimental research: High temperature release of radionuclides from fuel during an energetic eventEnergetic interactions between molten reactor fuel and sodium coolant and associated transfer of radionuclides from the fuel to the coolantEntrainment of fuel and sodium bond material during the depressurization of a fuel rod with breached claddingRates of radionuclide leaching from fuel by liquid sodiumSurface enrichment of sodium pools by dissolved and suspended radionuclidesThermal decomposition of sodium iodide in the containment atmosphereReactions of iodine species in the containment to form volatile organic iodides. Other issues of high importance were identified that might merit further research as development of the mechanistic model of radionuclide release progressed.

  8. IRPhE-TAPIRO-ARCHIVE, Fast neutron source reactor primary documents, reactor physics experiments

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    Description of program or function: The TAPIRO reactor, located in the ENEA Casaccia Centre near Rome, is a highly enriched uranium fast neutron facility. The nominal power is 5 kW (thermal) and the core centre neutron flux is 4. E12/cm2/s. The reactor has a cylindrical core (12.6 cm diameter and 10.9 cm height) made of 93.5 % enriched uranium metal in a uranium-molybdenum alloy which is totally reflected by copper. The copper reflector (cylindrical-shaped) is divided into two concentric zones: the inner zone, up to 17.4 cm radius, and the outer zone up to 40.0 cm. Radius. The height of the reflector is 72.0 cm. The reactor is surrounded by borate concrete shielding about 170 cm thick. The maximum depth available for the epithermal column is 160 cm, reserved for filter/moderator materials. The graphite column extends to the external reflector boundary where a sector of the outer copper reflector has been removed and then characterized by a very hard neutron spectrum. Along the column the spectrum gradually softens up to thermal values - Different materials can be interposed, such as U-nat, Pb, Fe, etc. to reproduce spectrum transition conditions at interface points between regions with different compositions. - Activation foils can be used for activation analysis with threshold energies in the fast, intermediate and epithermal regions. The archive contains reports characterising the reactor and describes experiments carried out, together with the corresponding data

  9. Fission energy: The integral fast reactor

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    The Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) is an innovative reactor concept being developed at Argonne National Laboratory as a such next- generation reactor concept. The IFR concept has a number of specific technical advantages that collectively address the potential difficulties facing the expansion of nuclear power deployment. In particular, the IFR concept can meet all three fundamental requirements needed in a next-generation reactor as discussed below. This document discusses these requirements

  10. Literature review on metallic fuel source term for sodium cooled fast reactor

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    Suh, Nam Duk; Bae, Moo Hoon; Shin, An Dong; Huh, Chang Wook [Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety, Daejon (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-10-15

    Source term is defined as the release of radionuclides from the fuel and coolant into the containment, and subsequently to the environment, following a severe accident where a significant portion of the reactor core has melted. Of the many issues associated with the development and deployment of SFRs, one of high regulatory importance is the source term to be used in the siting of the reactor. Apart from assessing the radiological consequences for siting, it is also important for designing filtering systems and even reactor components. Overly conservative source term for light water reactor, TID 14844 demands for very fast closure of main steam isolation valves, rapid startup of emergency diesels, and safety systems designed to mitigate gaseous iodine. In spite of this importance, most of the knowledge we have for SFR source term comes from the research performed before 1980s. Moreover, majority of the work on metallic fuels was done during the late 1950's through the 1960's. This paper reviews and summarizes the main characteristics of SFR source terms based on the available literatures.

  11. Integral fast reactor safety features

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    The Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) is an advanced liquid-metal-cooled reactor concept being developed at Argonne National Laboratory. The two major goals of the IFR development effort are improved economics and enhanced safety. In addition to liquid metal cooling, the principal design features that distinguish the IFR are: (1) a pool-type primary system, (2) an advanced ternary alloy metallic fuel, and (3) an integral fuel cycle with on-site fuel reprocessing and fabrication. This paper focuses on the technical aspects of the improved safety margins available in the IFR concept. This increased level of safety is made possible by (1) the liquid metal (sodium) coolant and pool-type primary system layout, which together facilitate passive decay heat removal, and (2) a sodium-bonded metallic fuel pin design with thermal and neutronic properties that provide passive core responses which control and mitigate the consequences of reactor accidents

  12. Development of an energy source for the successive discharge theta pinch using a fast saturable reactor

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    One of the methods to better the heating efficiency of theta pinch plasma is staged theta pinch process carrying out shock wave heating and successive adiabatic compression heating with separate power sources. In this STP process, a superfast condenser bank is used for the shock wave heating, and a fast condenser bank is used for the adiabatic compression heating. By the STP process, the use of the expensive superfast bank for shock wave heating is largely saved, and the reduction of the construction cost of power sources is expected as well as the improvement of plasma heating efficiency. One problem of the power sources when the STP process is used is to develop the structure of circuit efficiently supplying the energy of banks to load. The authors attempted the improvement of efficiency in this superposing discharge circuit using a saturating reactor with an iron core. In this paper, the example of using the saturating reactor as a superfast large current switching element is reported. Moreover, the switch surely acting at high voltage and of which the residual inductance was made as small as possible was developed. The superposing discharge circuit, superfast condenser bank and saturating reactor are described. (Kako, I.)

  13. Fast Spectrum Reactors

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    Todd, Donald; Tsvetkov, Pavel

    2012-01-01

    Fast Spectrum Reactors presents a detailed overview of world-wide technology contributing to the development of fast spectrum reactors. With a unique focus on the capabilities of fast spectrum reactors to address nuclear waste transmutation issues, in addition to the well-known capabilities of breeding new fuel, this volume describes how fast spectrum reactors contribute to the wide application of nuclear power systems to serve the global nuclear renaissance while minimizing nuclear proliferation concerns. Readers will find an introduction to the sustainable development of nuclear energy and the role of fast reactors, in addition to an economic analysis of nuclear reactors. A section devoted to neutronics offers the current trends in nuclear design, such as performance parameters and the optimization of advanced power systems. The latest findings on fuel management, partitioning and transmutation include the physics, efficiency and strategies of transmutation, homogeneous and heterogeneous recycling, in addit...

  14. Severe accident source terms for a sodium-cooled fast reactor

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    Highlights: • This study analyzes offsite doses for characteristic SFR scenarios. • Models to calculate the source term for an SFR were developed for this work. • Environmental releases are small due to effectiveness of retention mechanisms. • NRC’s Quantitative Health Objectives are satisfied with high margins. - Abstract: In order to support the demonstration of a risk-informed approach to the design optimization of a sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR), it was necessary to make realistic estimates of the consequences of severe accident scenarios. This paper describes the database, models, and assumptions used to estimate the offsite consequences of characteristic severe accident scenarios. As required for comparison with the NRC’s technology neutral framework limit curve, the offsite dose at one mile from the plant boundary is calculated using conservative meteorology. The reference plant design is a 1000 MWt pool-type design with metallic fuel. Because an integrated analysis tool comparable to MELCOR does not exist for SFR accident scenario analysis, it was necessary to write a computer code that would assess release of radionuclides from the fuel and transport within the reactor primary system and to link those analyses with results from existing computer codes that assess the dynamic response of the reactor, containment thermal–hydraulics, and radionuclide transport processes within the containment. The analyses indicate that the offsite source terms for SFR severe accident scenarios tend to be small because of the low melting temperature of the fuel, likelihood of significant retention of fission products within the sodium pool, augmentation of containment deposition processes by interaction with sodium oxide aerosols, and small driving force for release from the containment to the environment. A number of major sources of modeling uncertainty are identified as requiring further development effort. An integrated modeling capability, similar to the

  15. Regulatory Technology Development Plan - Sodium Fast Reactor. Mechanistic Source Term - Metal Fuel Radionuclide Release

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    Grabaskas, David [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Bucknor, Matthew [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Jerden, James [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)

    2016-02-01

    The development of an accurate and defensible mechanistic source term will be vital for the future licensing efforts of metal fuel, pool-type sodium fast reactors. To assist in the creation of a comprehensive mechanistic source term, the current effort sought to estimate the release fraction of radionuclides from metal fuel pins to the primary sodium coolant during fuel pin failures at a variety of temperature conditions. These release estimates were based on the findings of an extensive literature search, which reviewed past experimentation and reactor fuel damage accidents. Data sources for each radionuclide of interest were reviewed to establish release fractions, along with possible release dependencies, and the corresponding uncertainty levels. Although the current knowledge base is substantial, and radionuclide release fractions were established for the elements deemed important for the determination of offsite consequences following a reactor accident, gaps were found pertaining to several radionuclides. First, there is uncertainty regarding the transport behavior of several radionuclides (iodine, barium, strontium, tellurium, and europium) during metal fuel irradiation to high burnup levels. The migration of these radionuclides within the fuel matrix and bond sodium region can greatly affect their release during pin failure incidents. Post-irradiation examination of existing high burnup metal fuel can likely resolve this knowledge gap. Second, data regarding the radionuclide release from molten high burnup metal fuel in sodium is sparse, which makes the assessment of radionuclide release from fuel melting accidents at high fuel burnup levels difficult. This gap could be addressed through fuel melting experimentation with samples from the existing high burnup metal fuel inventory.

  16. Fast Breeder Reactor studies

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    This report is a compilation of Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) resource documents prepared to provide the technical basis for the US contribution to the International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Evaluation. The eight separate parts deal with the alternative fast breeder reactor fuel cycles in terms of energy demand, resource base, technical potential and current status, safety, proliferation resistance, deployment, and nuclear safeguards. An Annex compares the cost of decommissioning light-water and fast breeder reactors. Separate abstracts are included for each of the parts

  17. Fast Breeder Reactor studies

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    Till, C.E.; Chang, Y.I.; Kittel, J.H.; Fauske, H.K.; Lineberry, M.J.; Stevenson, M.G.; Amundson, P.I.; Dance, K.D.

    1980-07-01

    This report is a compilation of Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) resource documents prepared to provide the technical basis for the US contribution to the International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Evaluation. The eight separate parts deal with the alternative fast breeder reactor fuel cycles in terms of energy demand, resource base, technical potential and current status, safety, proliferation resistance, deployment, and nuclear safeguards. An Annex compares the cost of decommissioning light-water and fast breeder reactors. Separate abstracts are included for each of the parts.

  18. Regulatory Technology Development Plan Sodium Fast Reactor. Mechanistic Source Term Development

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    Grabaskas, David S. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Brunett, Acacia Joann [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Bucknor, Matthew D. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Sienicki, James J. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Sofu, Tanju [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)

    2015-02-28

    Construction and operation of a nuclear power installation in the U.S. requires licensing by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). A vital part of this licensing process and integrated safety assessment entails the analysis of a source term (or source terms) that represents the release of radionuclides during normal operation and accident sequences. Historically, nuclear plant source term analyses have utilized deterministic, bounding assessments of the radionuclides released to the environment. Significant advancements in technical capabilities and the knowledge state have enabled the development of more realistic analyses such that a mechanistic source term (MST) assessment is now expected to be a requirement of advanced reactor licensing. This report focuses on the state of development of an MST for a sodium fast reactor (SFR), with the intent of aiding in the process of MST definition by qualitatively identifying and characterizing the major sources and transport processes of radionuclides. Due to common design characteristics among current U.S. SFR vendor designs, a metal-fuel, pool-type SFR has been selected as the reference design for this work, with all phenomenological discussions geared toward this specific reactor configuration. This works also aims to identify the key gaps and uncertainties in the current knowledge state that must be addressed for SFR MST development. It is anticipated that this knowledge state assessment can enable the coordination of technology and analysis tool development discussions such that any knowledge gaps may be addressed. Sources of radionuclides considered in this report include releases originating both in-vessel and ex-vessel, including in-core fuel, primary sodium and cover gas cleanup systems, and spent fuel movement and handling. Transport phenomena affecting various release groups are identified and qualitatively discussed, including fuel pin and primary coolant retention, and behavior in the cover gas and

  19. Fast breeder reactor research

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    Full text: The meeting was attended by 15 participants from seven countries and two international organizations. The Eighth Annual Meeting of the International Working Group on Fast Reactors (IWGFR) was attended by representatives from France, Fed. Rep. Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the United States of America - countries that have made significant progress in developing the technology and physics of sodium cooled fast reactors and have extensive national programmes in this field - as well as by representatives of the Commission of the European Communities and the IAEA. The design of fast-reactor power plants is a more difficult task than developing facilities with thermal reactors. Different reactor kinetics and dynamics, a hard neutron spectrum, larger integral doses of fuel and structural material irradiation, higher core temperatures, the use of an essentially novel coolant, and, as a result of all these factors, the additional reliability and safety requirements that are imposed on the planning and operation of sodium cooled fast reactors - all these factors pose problems that can be solved comprehensively only by countries with a high level of scientific and technical development. The exchange of experience between these countries and their combined efforts in solving the fundamental problems that arise in planning, constructing and operating fast reactors are promoting technical progress and reducing the relative expenditure required for various studies on developing and introducing commercial fast reactors. For this reason, the meeting concentrated on reviewing and discussing national fast reactor programmes. The situation with regard to planning, constructing and operating fast experimental and demonstration reactors in the countries concerned, the experience accumulated in operating them, the difficulties arising during operation and ways of over-coming them, the search for optimal designs for the power

  20. Fast reactor programme

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    This progress report summarizes the fast reactor research carried out by ECN during the period covering the year 1980. This research is mainly concerned with the cores of sodium-cooled breeders, in particular the SNR-300, and its related safety aspects. It comprises six items: A programme to determine relevant nuclear data of fission- and corrosion-products; A fuel performance programme comprising in-pile cladding failure experiments and a study of the consequences of loss-of-cooling and overpower; Basic research on fuel; Investigation of the changes in the mechanical properties of austenitic stainless steel DIN 1.4948 due to fast neutron doses, this material has been used in the manufacture of the reactor vessel and its internal components; Study of aerosols which could be formed at the time of a fast reactor accident and their progressive behaviour on leaking through cracks in the concrete containment; Studies on heat transfer in a sodium-cooled fast reactor core. As fast breeders operate at high power densities, an accurate knowledge of the heat transfer phenomena under single-phase and two-phase conditions is sought. (Auth.)

  1. Integral Fast Reactor Program

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    This report summarizes highlights of the technical progress made in the Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) Program in FY 1992. Technical accomplishments are presented in the following areas of the IFR technology development activities: (1) metal fuel performance, (2) pyroprocess development, (3) safety experiments and analyses, (4) core design development, (5) fuel cycle demonstration, and (6) LMR technology R ampersand D

  2. Fast reactor programme

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    This progress report summarises the fast reactor research carried out at the Netherlands Energy Research Centre during the year 1981. The neutron and fission product cross sections of various isotopes have been evaluated. In the fuel performance programme, some preliminary results are given and irradiation facilities described. Creep experiments on various stainless steel components are reported

  3. Fast reactors: potential for power

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    The subject is discussed as follows: basic facts about conventional and fast reactors; uranium economy; plutonium and fast reactors; cooling systems; sodium coolant; safety engineering; handling and recycling plutonium; safeguards; development of fast reactors in Britain and abroad; future progress. (U.K.)

  4. Regulatory Technology Development Plan - Sodium Fast Reactor. Mechanistic Source Term - Trial Calculation. Work Plan

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    Grabaskas, David [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Bucknor, Matthew [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Jerden, James [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Brunett, Acacia J. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)

    2016-02-01

    The overall objective of the SFR Regulatory Technology Development Plan (RTDP) effort is to identify and address potential impediments to the SFR regulatory licensing process. In FY14, an analysis by Argonne identified the development of an SFR-specific MST methodology as an existing licensing gap with high regulatory importance and a potentially long lead-time to closure. This work was followed by an initial examination of the current state-of-knowledge regarding SFR source term development (ANLART-3), which reported several potential gaps. Among these were the potential inadequacies of current computational tools to properly model and assess the transport and retention of radionuclides during a metal fuel pool-type SFR core damage incident. The objective of the current work is to determine the adequacy of existing computational tools, and the associated knowledge database, for the calculation of an SFR MST. To accomplish this task, a trial MST calculation will be performed using available computational tools to establish their limitations with regard to relevant radionuclide release/retention/transport phenomena. The application of existing modeling tools will provide a definitive test to assess their suitability for an SFR MST calculation, while also identifying potential gaps in the current knowledge base and providing insight into open issues regarding regulatory criteria/requirements. The findings of this analysis will assist in determining future research and development needs.

  5. The development of a realistic source term for sodium-cooled fast reactors : assessment of current status and future needs.

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    LaChance, Jeffrey L.; Phillips, Jesse; Parma, Edward J., Jr.; Olivier, Tara Jean; Middleton, Bobby D.

    2011-06-01

    Sodium-cooled fast reactors (SFRs) continue to be proposed and designed throughout the United States and the world. Although the number of SFRs actually operating has declined substantially since the 1980s, a significant interest in advancing these types of reactor systems remains. Of the many issues associated with the development and deployment of SFRs, one of high regulatory importance is the source term to be used in the siting of the reactor. A substantial amount of modeling and experimental work has been performed over the past four decades on accident analysis, sodium coolant behavior, and radionuclide release for SFRs. The objective of this report is to aid in determining the gaps and issues related to the development of a realistic, mechanistically derived source term for SFRs. This report will allow the reader to become familiar with the severe accident source term concept and gain a broad understanding of the current status of the models and experimental work. Further, this report will allow insight into future work, in terms of both model development and experimental validation, which is necessary in order to develop a realistic source term for SFRs.

  6. Fast reactor programme in India

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    P Chellapandi; P R Vasudeva Rao; Prabhat Kumar

    2015-09-01

    Role of fast breeder reactor (FBR) in the Indian context has been discussed with appropriate justification. The FBR programme since 1985 till 2030 is highlighted focussing on the current status and future direction of fast breeder test reactor (FBTR), prototype fast breeder reactor (PFBR) and FBR-1 and 2. Design and technological challenges of PFBR and design and safety targets with means to achieve the same are the major highlights of this paper.

  7. Fast reactors and nuclear nonproliferation

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    Problems are discussed with regard to nuclear fuel cycle resistance in fast reactors to nuclear proliferation risk due to the potential for use in military programs of the knowledge, technologies and materials gained from peaceful nuclear power applications. Advantages are addressed for fast reactors in the creation of a more reliable mode of nonproliferation in the closed nuclear fuel cycle in comparison with the existing fully open and partially closed fuel cycles of thermal reactors. Advantages and shortcomings are also discussed from the point of view of nonproliferation from the start with fast reactors using plutonium of thermal reactor spent fuel and enriched uranium fuel to the gradual transition using their own plutonium as fuel. (author)

  8. Evolution of the liquid metal reactor: The Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) concept

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    The Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) concept has been under development at Argonne National Laboratory since 1984. A key feature of the IFR concept is the metallic fuel. Metallic fuel was the original choice in early liquid metal reactor development. Solid technical accomplishments have been accumulating year after year in all aspects of the IFR development program. But as we make technical progress, the ultimate potential offered by the IFR concept as a next generation advanced reactor becomes clearer and clearer. The IFR concept can meet all three fundamental requirements needed in a next generation reactor. This document discusses these requirements: breeding, safety, and waste management. 5 refs., 4 figs

  9. Simulator platform for fast reactor operation and safety technology demonstration

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    Vilim, R. B.; Park, Y. S.; Grandy, C.; Belch, H.; Dworzanski, P.; Misterka, J. (Nuclear Engineering Division)

    2012-07-30

    A simulator platform for visualization and demonstration of innovative concepts in fast reactor technology is described. The objective is to make more accessible the workings of fast reactor technology innovations and to do so in a human factors environment that uses state-of-the art visualization technologies. In this work the computer codes in use at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) for the design of fast reactor systems are being integrated to run on this platform. This includes linking reactor systems codes with mechanical structures codes and using advanced graphics to depict the thermo-hydraulic-structure interactions that give rise to an inherently safe response to upsets. It also includes visualization of mechanical systems operation including advanced concepts that make use of robotics for operations, in-service inspection, and maintenance.

  10. China Experimental Fast Reactor(CEFR)——Criterion of Criticality for Reactor With External Neutron Source

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    ZHAOYu-sen

    2003-01-01

    There is a neutron source with 109 s-1 neutrons in core of CEFR during start up test and operation of CEFR. For judging the criticality of reactor with external neutron source and near criticality, it is important that the neutron level changes in core with time must be understood after introducing positive reactivity to core with external neutron source.

  11. Heterogeneous Transmutation Sodium Fast Reactor

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    S. E. Bays

    2007-09-01

    The threshold-fission (fertile) nature of Am-241 is used to destroy this minor actinide by capitalizing upon neutron capture instead of fission within a sodium fast reactor. This neutron-capture and its subsequent decay chain leads to the breeding of even neutron number plutonium isotopes. A slightly moderated target design is proposed for breeding plutonium in an axial blanket located above the active “fast reactor” driver fuel region. A parametric study on the core height and fuel pin diameter-to-pitch ratio is used to explore the reactor and fuel cycle aspects of this design. This study resulted in both non-flattened and flattened core geometries. Both of these designs demonstrated a high capacity for removing americium from the fuel cycle. A reactivity coefficient analysis revealed that this heterogeneous design will have comparable safety aspects to a homogeneous reactor of comparable size. A mass balance analysis revealed that the heterogeneous design may reduce the number of fast reactors needed to close the current once-through light water reactor fuel cycle.

  12. Advanced fuels for fast reactors

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    Full text: In addition to traditional fast reactor fuels that contain Uranium and Plutonium, the advanced fast reactor fuels are likely to include the minor actinides [Neptunium (Np), Americium (Am) and Curium (Cm)]. Such fuels are also referred to as transmutation fuels. The goal of transmutation fuel development programs is to develop and qualify a nuclear fuel system that performs all of the functions of a traditional fast spectrum nuclear fuel while destroying recycled actinides. Oxide, metal, nitride, and carbide fuels are candidates under consideration for this application, based on historical knowledge of fast reactor fuel development and specific fuel tests currently being conducted in international transmutation fuel development programs. Early fast reactor developers originally favored metal alloy fuel due to its high density and potential for breeder operation. The focus of pressurized water reactor development on oxide fuel and the subsequent adoption by the commercial nuclear power industry, however, along with early issues with low burnup potential of metal fuel (now resolved), led later fast reactor development programs to favor oxide fuels. Carbide and nitride fuels have also been investigated but are at a much lower state of development than metal and oxide fuels, with limited large scale reactor irradiation experience. Experience with both metal and oxide fuels has established that either fuel type will meet performance and reliability goals for a plutonium fueled fast spectrum test reactor, both demonstrating burnup capability of up to 20 at.% under normal operating conditions, when clad with modified austenitic or ferritic martensitic stainless steel alloys. Both metal and oxide fuels have been shown to exhibit sufficient margin to failure under transient conditions for successful reactor operation. Summary of selected fuel material properties taken are provided in the paper. The main challenge for the development of transmutation fast reactor

  13. Status of national programmes on fast reactors

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    Based on the International Working Group on Fast reactors (IWGFR) members' request, the IAEA organized a special meeting on Fast Reactor Development and the Role of the IAEA in May 1993. The purpose of the meeting was to review and discuss the status and recent development, to present major changes in fast reactor programmes and to recommend future activities on fast reactors. The IWGFR took note that in some Member States large prototypes have been built or are under construction. However, some countries, due to their current budget constraints, have reduced the level of funding for research and development programmes on fast reactors. The IWGFR noted that in this situation the international exchange of information and cooperation on the development of fast reactors is highly desirable and stressed the importance of the IAEA's programme on fast reactors. These proceedings contain important and useful information on national programmes and new developments in sodium cooled fast reactors in Member States. Refs, figs and tabs

  14. Fast Reactor Development Strategy in China

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    As one of the largest developing countries, China needs a reliable energy supplement. At the same time, China should improve the energy structure to decrease CO2 emissions. Nuclear and renewable energies are the main solutions to these issues. According to the research results, the nuclear capacity should increase to 400 GW(e) up to 2050. Fast reactors must be developed considering the limitation of uranium resources. In order to deploy fast reactor technology, the ‘experimental reactor, demonstration reactor and commercial reactor’ strategy has been suggested. China has finished the construction of the China Experimental Fast Reactor (CEFR) and gained necessary experience about fast reactors. The China Institute of Atomic Energy (CIAE) has begun to design the CFR-600, a 600 MW(e) demonstration fast reactor. This reactor will be put into operation before 2025. After that, a larger commercial reactor will be constructed. Besides fast reactors, all of other key sectors of fuel cycle will be developed at the same time such as reprocessing, fast reactor fuel, etc. There are two main tasks of fast reactors, one of which is to raise the utility ratio of uranium, and the other one is to transmute the long life waste of light water reactors. The fast reactor will be designed as a breeder and burner, respectively. (author)

  15. On fast reactor kinetics studies

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    Seleznev, E. F.; Belov, A. A. [Nuclear Safety Inst. of the Russian Academy of Sciences IBRAE (Russian Federation); Matveenko, I. P.; Zhukov, A. M.; Raskach, K. F. [Inst. for Physics and Power Engineering IPPE (Russian Federation)

    2012-07-01

    The results and the program of fast reactor core time and space kinetics experiments performed and planned to be performed at the IPPE critical facility is presented. The TIMER code was taken as computation support of the experimental work, which allows transient equations to be solved in 3-D geometry with multi-group diffusion approximation. The number of delayed neutron groups varies from 6 to 8. The code implements the solution of both transient neutron transfer problems: a direct one, where neutron flux density and its derivatives, such as reactor power, etc, are determined at each time step, and an inverse one for the point kinetics equation form, where such a parameter as reactivity is determined with a well-known reactor power time variation function. (authors)

  16. Fast breeder reactors an engineering introduction

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    Judd, A M

    1981-01-01

    Fast Breeder Reactors: An Engineering Introduction is an introductory text to fast breeder reactors and covers topics ranging from reactor physics and design to engineering and safety considerations. Reactor fuels, coolant circuits, steam plants, and control systems are also discussed. This book is comprised of five chapters and opens with a brief summary of the history of fast reactors, with emphasis on international and the prospect of making accessible enormous reserves of energy. The next chapter deals with the physics of fast reactors and considers calculation methods, flux distribution,

  17. Design study of a fast spectrum zero-power reactor dedicated to source driven sub-critical experiments

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    Mercatali, L.; Serikov, A. [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Institute for Neutron Physics and Reactor Technology, P.O. Box 3640, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Baeten, P.; Uyttenhove, W. [SCK-CEN, Boeretang 200, B-2400 Mol (Belgium); Lafuente, A. [Univerisdad Politecnica de Madrid, 28006 Madrid (Spain); Teles, P. [Instituto Tecnologico e Nuclear, EN 10, 2680-953 Sacavem (Portugal)

    2010-09-15

    In the framework of the European P and T program (IFP6-EUROTRANS), the Generation of Uninterrupted Intense NEutrons pulses at the lead VEnus REactor (GUINEVERE) project consists of an Accelerator Driven System (ADS) that is composed by a fast lead simulated-cooled reactor operated in sub-critical conditions, coupled with an updated version of the GENEPI neutron generator previously used for the MUSE experiments. The GUINEVERE facility aims at developing and improving different techniques for the reactivity monitoring of sub-critical ADS's. As such, the GUINEVERE project will comprise a series of major experiments that will be performed in the near future. The GUINEVERE facility will be located at the VENUS light water moderated research reactor at the SCK-CEN site of Mol (Belgium), which needs to be modified in order to accommodate a completely different and new type of core. A series of constraints were taken into account in the technical design of the GUINEVERE core, in order to properly conjugate the technical feasibility of this facility and the necessity to comply with the envisioned experimental program and its associated scientific outcome. The complete design study of the GUINEVERE core is the subject of this paper. The final design of the fuel assemblies, safety and control rods is provided. Also, the critical core configuration, to be used as reference for absolute reactivity measurements, is presented along with its associated reactor physics parameters, calculated by means of Monte Carlo methodologies. Finally, for licensing purposes, the GUINEVERE facility must satisfy the required nuclear safety criteria of the Belgian safety authorities, and in this paper, an overview of the safety analysis that has been performed with regard to the core physics, thermal assessment and shielding issues is also provided. (author)

  18. Heterogeneous Recycling in Fast Reactors

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    Forget, Benoit; Pope, Michael; Piet, Steven J.; Driscoll, Michael

    2012-07-30

    Current sodium fast reactor (SFR) designs have avoided the use of depleted uranium blankets over concerns of creating weapons grade plutonium. While reducing proliferation risks, this restrains the reactor design space considerably. This project will analyze various blanket and transmutation target configurations that could broaden the design space while still addressing the non-proliferation issues. The blanket designs will be assessed based on the transmutation efficiency of key minor actinide (MA) isotopes and also on mitigation of associated proliferation risks. This study will also evaluate SFR core performance under different scenarios in which depleted uranium blankets are modified to include minor actinides with or without moderators (e.g. BeO, MgO, B4C, and hydrides). This will be done in an effort to increase the sustainability of the reactor and increase its power density while still offering a proliferation resistant design with the capability of burning MA waste produced from light water reactors (LWRs). Researchers will also analyze the use of recycled (as opposed to depleted) uranium in the blankets. The various designs will compare MA transmutation efficiency, plutonium breeding characteristics, proliferation risk, shutdown margins and reactivity coefficients with a current reference sodium fast reactor design employing homogeneous recycling. The team will also evaluate the out-of-core accumulation and/or burn-down rates of MAs and plutonium isotopes on a cycle-by-cycle basis. This cycle-by-cycle information will be produced in a format readily usable by the fuel cycle systems analysis code, VISION, for assessment of the sustainability of the deployment scenarios.

  19. Fast breeder reactor protection system

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    van Erp, J.B.

    1973-10-01

    Reactor protection is provided for a liquid-metal-fast breeder reactor core by measuring the coolant outflow temperature from each of the subassemblies of the core. The outputs of the temperature sensors from a subassembly region of the core containing a plurality of subassemblies are combined in a logic circuit which develops a scram alarm if a predetermined number of the sensors indicate an over temperature condition. The coolant outflow from a single subassembly can be mixed with the coolant outflow from adjacent subassemblies prior to the temperature sensing to increase the sensitivity of the protection system to a single subassembly failure. Coherence between the sensors can be required to discriminate against noise signals. (Official Gazette)

  20. Advanced liquid metal reactor development at Argonne National Laboratory during the 1980s

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    Argonne National Laboratory's (ANL'S) effort to pursue the exploitation of liquid metal cooled reactor (LMR) characteristics has given rise to the Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) concept, and has produced substantial technical advancement in concept implementation which includes demonstration of high burnup capability of metallic fuel, demonstration of injection casting fabrication, integral demonstration of passive safety response, and technical feasibility of pyroprocessing. The first half decade of the 90's will host demonstration of the IFR closed fuel cycle technology at the prototype scale. The EBR-II reactor will be fueled with ternary alloy fuel in HT-9 cladding and ducts, and pyroprocessing and injection casting refabrication of EBR-II fuel will be conducted using near-commercial sized equipment at the Fuel cycle Facility (FCF) which is co-located adjacent to EBR-II. Demonstration will start in 1992. The demonstration of passive safety response achievable with the IFR design concept, (already done in EBR-II in 1986) will be repeated in the mid 90's using the IFR prototype recycle fuel from the FCF. The demonstration of scrubbing of the reprocessing fission product waste stream, with recycle of the transuranics to the reactor for consumption, will also occur in the mid 90's. 30 refs

  1. A review of the UK fast reactor programme. March 1977

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    This paper reports on the Fast Reactor Programme of United Kingdom. These are the main lines: Dounreay Fast Reactor; Prototype Fast Reactor; Commercial Fast Reactor; engineering development; materials development; chemical engineering/sodium technology; fast reactor fuel; fuel cycle; safety; reactor performance study

  2. Advanced Safeguards Approaches for New Fast Reactors

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    Durst, Philip C.; Therios, Ike; Bean, Robert; Dougan, A.; Boyer, Brian; Wallace, Rick L.; Ehinger, Michael H.; Kovacic, Don N.; Tolk, K.

    2007-12-15

    This third report in the series reviews possible safeguards approaches for new fast reactors in general, and the ABR in particular. Fast-neutron spectrum reactors have been used since the early 1960s on an experimental and developmental level, generally with fertile blanket fuels to “breed” nuclear fuel such as plutonium. Whether the reactor is designed to breed plutonium, or transmute and “burn” actinides depends mainly on the design of the reactor neutron reflector and the whether the blanket fuel is “fertile” or suitable for transmutation. However, the safeguards issues are very similar, since they pertain mainly to the receipt, shipment and storage of fresh and spent plutonium and actinide-bearing “TRU”-fuel. For these reasons, the design of existing fast reactors and details concerning how they have been safeguarded were studied in developing advanced safeguards approaches for the new fast reactors. In this regard, the design of the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II “EBR-II” at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) was of interest, because it was designed as a collocated fast reactor with a pyrometallurgical reprocessing and fuel fabrication line – a design option being considered for the ABR. Similarly, the design of the Fast Flux Facility (FFTF) on the Hanford Site was studied, because it was a successful prototype fast reactor that ran for two decades to evaluate fuels and the design for commercial-scale fast reactors.

  3. Interfacial effects in fast reactors

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    The problem of increased resonance capture rates near zone interfaces in fast reactor media has been examined both theoretically and experimentally. An interface traversing assembly was designed, constructed and employed to measure U-238 capture rates near th blanket--reflector interface in the MIT Blanket Test Facility. Prior MIT experiments on a thorium--uranium interface in a blanket assembly were also reanalyzed. Extremely localized fertile capture rate increases of on the order of 50% were measured immediately at the interfaces relative to extrapolation of asymptotic interior traverses, and relative to state-of-the-art (LIB-IV, SPHINX, ANISN/2DB) calculations which employ infinite-medium self-shielding throughout a given zone. A method was developed to compute a spatially varying background scattering cross section per absorber nucleus which takes into account both homogeneous and heterogeneous effects on the interface flux transient

  4. Sodium fast reactor safety and licensing research plan. Volume II.

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    Ludewig, H. (Brokhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY); Powers, D. A.; Hewson, John C.; LaChance, Jeffrey L.; Wright, A. (Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL); Phillips, J.; Zeyen, R. (Institute for Energy Petten, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, France); Clement, B. (IRSN/DPAM.SEMIC Bt 702, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, France); Garner, Frank (Radiation Effects Consulting, Richland, WA); Walters, Leon (Advanced Reactor Concepts, Los Alamos, NM); Wright, Steve; Ott, Larry J. (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN); Suo-Anttila, Ahti Jorma; Denning, Richard (Ohio State University, Columbus, OH); Ohshima, Hiroyuki (Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Ibaraki, Japan); Ohno, S. (Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Ibaraki, Japan); Miyhara, S. (Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Ibaraki, Japan); Yacout, Abdellatif (Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL); Farmer, M. (Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL); Wade, D. (Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL); Grandy, C. (Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL); Schmidt, R.; Cahalen, J. (Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL); Olivier, Tara Jean; Budnitz, R. (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA); Tobita, Yoshiharu (Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Ibaraki, Japan); Serre, Frederic (Centre d' %C3%94etudes nucl%C3%94eaires de Cadarache, Cea, France); Natesan, Ken (Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL); Carbajo, Juan J. (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN); Jeong, Hae-Yong (Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon, Korea); Wigeland, Roald (Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID); Corradini, Michael (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI); Thomas, Justin (Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL); Wei, Tom (Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL); Sofu, Tanju (Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL); Flanagan, George F. (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN); Bari, R. (Brokhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY); Porter D. (Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID); Lambert, J. (Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL); Hayes, S. (Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID); Sackett, J. (Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID); Denman, Matthew R.

    2012-05-01

    Expert panels comprised of subject matter experts identified at the U.S. National Laboratories (SNL, ANL, INL, ORNL, LBL, and BNL), universities (University of Wisconsin and Ohio State University), international agencies (IRSN, CEA, JAEA, KAERI, and JRC-IE) and private consultation companies (Radiation Effects Consulting) were assembled to perform a gap analysis for sodium fast reactor licensing. Expert-opinion elicitation was performed to qualitatively assess the current state of sodium fast reactor technologies. Five independent gap analyses were performed resulting in the following topical reports: (1) Accident Initiators and Sequences (i.e., Initiators/Sequences Technology Gap Analysis), (2) Sodium Technology Phenomena (i.e., Advanced Burner Reactor Sodium Technology Gap Analysis), (3) Fuels and Materials (i.e., Sodium Fast Reactor Fuels and Materials: Research Needs), (4) Source Term Characterization (i.e., Advanced Sodium Fast Reactor Accident Source Terms: Research Needs), and (5) Computer Codes and Models (i.e., Sodium Fast Reactor Gaps Analysis of Computer Codes and Models for Accident Analysis and Reactor Safety). Volume II of the Sodium Research Plan consolidates the five gap analysis reports produced by each expert panel, wherein the importance of the identified phenomena and necessities of further experimental research and code development were addressed. The findings from these five reports comprised the basis for the analysis in Sodium Fast Reactor Research Plan Volume I.

  5. Sodium fast reactor safety and licensing research plan - Volume II

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    Expert panels comprised of subject matter experts identified at the U.S. National Laboratories (SNL, ANL, INL, ORNL, LBL, and BNL), universities (University of Wisconsin and Ohio State University), international agencies (IRSN, CEA, JAEA, KAERI, and JRC-IE) and private consultation companies (Radiation Effects Consulting) were assembled to perform a gap analysis for sodium fast reactor licensing. Expert-opinion elicitation was performed to qualitatively assess the current state of sodium fast reactor technologies. Five independent gap analyses were performed resulting in the following topical reports: (1) Accident Initiators and Sequences (i.e., Initiators/Sequences Technology Gap Analysis), (2) Sodium Technology Phenomena (i.e., Advanced Burner Reactor Sodium Technology Gap Analysis), (3) Fuels and Materials (i.e., Sodium Fast Reactor Fuels and Materials: Research Needs), (4) Source Term Characterization (i.e., Advanced Sodium Fast Reactor Accident Source Terms: Research Needs), and (5) Computer Codes and Models (i.e., Sodium Fast Reactor Gaps Analysis of Computer Codes and Models for Accident Analysis and Reactor Safety). Volume II of the Sodium Research Plan consolidates the five gap analysis reports produced by each expert panel, wherein the importance of the identified phenomena and necessities of further experimental research and code development were addressed. The findings from these five reports comprised the basis for the analysis in Sodium Fast Reactor Research Plan Volume I.

  6. Accuracy of helium accumulation fluence monitor for fast reactor dosimetry

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    Ito, Chikara; Aoyama, Takafumi [Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corp., Oarai, Ibaraki (Japan). Oarai Engineering Center

    1998-03-01

    A helium (He) accumulation fluence monitor (HAFM) has been developed for fast reactor dosimetry. In order to evaluate the measurement accuracy of neutron fluence by the HAFM method, the HAFMs of enriched boron (B) and beryllium (Be) were irradiated in the Fast Neutron Source Reactor `YAYOI`. The number of He atoms produced in the HAFMs were measured and compared with the calculated values. As a result of this study, it was confirmed that the neutron fluence could be measured within 5 % by the HAFM method, and that met the required accuracy for fast reactor dosimetry. (author)

  7. Gas-cooled fast breeder reactor

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    Almost all the R D works of gas-cooled fast breeder reactor in the world were terminated at the end of the year 1980. In order to show that the R D termination was not due to technical difficulties of the reactor itself, the present paper describes the reactor plant concept, reactor performances, safety, economics and fuel cycle characteristics of the reactor, and also describes the reactor technologies developed so far, technological problems remained to be solved and planned development schedules of the reactor. (author)

  8. Safe Management Of Fast Reactors: Towards Sustainability

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    An interdisciplinary systemic approach to socio-technical optimization of nuclear energy management is proposed, by recognizing a) the rising requirements to nuclear safety being realized using fast reactors (FR), b) the actuality to maintain and educate qualified workforce for fast reactors, c) the reactor safety and public awareness as the keystones for improving attitude to implement novel reactors. Knowledge management and informational support firstly is needed in: 1) technical issues: a) nuclear energy safety and reliability, b) to develop safe and economic technologies; 2) societal issues: a) general nuclear awareness, b) personnel education and training, c) reliable staff renascence, public education, stakeholder involvement, e).risk management. The key methodology - the principles being capable to manage knowledge and information issues: 1) a self-organization concept, 2) the principle of the requisite variety. As a primary source of growth of internal variety is considered information and knowledge. Following questions are analyzed indicating the ways of further development: a) threats in peaceful use of nuclear energy, b) basic features of nuclear risks, including terrorism, c) human resource development: basic tasks and instruments, d) safety improvements in technologies, e) advanced research and nuclear awareness improvement There is shown: public education, social learning and the use of mass media are efficient mechanisms forming a knowledge-creating community thereby reasoning to facilitate solution of key socio-technical nuclear issues: a) public acceptance of novel nuclear objects, b) promotion of adequate risk perception, and c) elevation of nuclear safety level and adequate risk management resulting in energetic and ecological sustainability. (author)

  9. Sodium fast reactors with closed fuel cycle

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    Sodium Fast Reactors with Closed Fuel Cycle delivers a detailed discussion of an important technology that is being harnessed for commercial energy production in many parts of the world. Presenting the state of the art of sodium-cooled fast reactors with closed fuel cycles, this book:Offers in-depth coverage of reactor physics, materials, design, safety analysis, validations, engineering, construction, and commissioning aspectsFeatures a special chapter on allied sciences to highlight advanced reactor core materials, specialized manufacturing technologies, chemical sensors, in-service inspecti

  10. Decommissioning of fast reactors after sodium draining

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    Acknowledging the importance of passing on knowledge and experience, as well mentoring the next generation of scientists and engineers, and in response to expressed needs by Member States, the IAEA has undertaken concrete steps towards the implementation of a fast reactor data retrieval and knowledge preservation initiative. Decommissioning of fast reactors and other sodium bearing facilities is a domain in which considerable experience has been accumulated. Within the framework and drawing on the wide expertise of the Technical Working Group on Fast Reactors (TWG-FR), the IAEA has initiated activities aiming at preserving the feedback (lessons learned) from this experience and condensing those to technical recommendations on fast reactor design features that would ease their decommissioning. Following a recommendation by the TWG-FR, the IAEA had convened a topical Technical Meeting (TM) on 'Operational and Decommissioning Experience with Fast Reactors', hosted by CEA, Centre d'Etudes de Cadarache, France, from 11 to 15 March 2002 (IAEA-TECDOC- 1405). The participants in that TM exchanged detailed technical information on fast reactor operation and decommissioning experience with various sodium cooled fast reactors, and, in particular, reviewed the status of the various decommissioning programmes. The TM concluded that the decommissioning of fast reactors to reach safe enclosure presented no major difficulties, and that this had been accomplished mainly through judicious adaptation of processes and procedures implemented during the reactor operation phase, and the development of safe sodium waste treatment processes. However, the TM also concluded that, on the path to achieving total dismantling, challenges remain with regard to the decommissioning of components after sodium draining, and suggested that a follow-on TM be convened, that would provide a forum for in-depth scientific and technical exchange on this topic. This publication constitutes the Proceedings of

  11. Liquid Metal Coolant Technology for Fast Reactors

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    In the paper presented are results of comparative analysis and the choice of liquid metal coolants for fast reactors, the current status of studies on the physical chemistry and technology of sodium coolants for fast neutron reactors and heavy liquid metal coolants, namely, lead-bismuth and lead for fast reactors and accelerator driven systems. There are descriptions of devices designed for control of the impurities in sodium coolants and their removal as well as methods of heavy liquid metal coolant quality control, removal of impurities from heavy liquid metal coolants and the steel surface of components of nuclear power plants (NPPs) and relevant equipment. Attention is given to the issues of modelling of impurity mass transfer in liquid metal coolants and designing new liquid metal coolants for NPPs. Results of the analysis of NPP abnormal operating conditions are presented. The adopted design approaches assure reliable protection against accidents. Up to now, about 200 reactor-years of sodium cooled fast reactor operation and about 80 reactor-years of submarine reactor operation have been gained. The new goals for sodium and heavy liquid metal coolant technology have been formulated as applied to the new generation fast reactors. (author)

  12. Knowledge management in fast reactors and related fuel cycles

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    Full text: The 21st century is ushering in a new phase of economic and social development which can be referred as 'Knowledge Economy', in which knowledge has become the key asset in determining the organization's success or failure. The IAEA defines knowledge management as an integrated, systematic approach to identify, manage and share an organization's knowledge collectively in order to help achieve the objectives of the organization. Nuclear technology is very complex and a highly technical endeavor. It relies on innovative creation, storage and dissemination of knowledge. The nuclear energy is characterized by long time scales and technological excellence. Nuclear knowledge management is a critical input to nuclear power industry, the associated fuel cycle activities and nuclear applications in medicine, industry and agriculture. Realizing the importance of knowledge preservation in the area of fast reactor technology, IAEA had given a consultancy work to Argonne National Laboratory to study and suggest the means of knowledge management. The IAEA initiative seeks to establish a comprehensive inventory of fast reactor data and knowledge for the fast reactor development in the coming years. It was suggested that the knowledge regarding important disciplines like fuels and materials, reactor physics and core design, operations, the demonstration of safety should be preserved. Various countries have initiated the fast reactor knowledge preservation activities. In France, CEA, EDF and Framatome ANP have initiated liquid metal cooled fast reactor knowledge preservation project that deals with R and D aspects and Superphenix design. European Fast Reactor collaboration (MASURCA,SNEAK,ZEBRA) has preserved the zero power critical experimental data in the SNEDAX database. Japan has started a comprehensive knowledge preservation program including the capture of 'Human Knowledge' based on interviews. In Russia steps are initiated to preserve fast reactor knowledge

  13. Direct Energy Conversion for Fast Reactors

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    Brown, N.; Cooper, J.; Vogt, D.; Chapline, G.; Turchi, P.; Barbee Jr., T.; Farmer, J.

    2000-07-01

    Strategic Computing Initiative (ASCI), should improve the speed and decrease the cost of developing new TEGs. The system concept to be evaluated is shown in Figure 1. Liquid metal is used to transport heat away from the nuclear heat source and to the TEG. Air or liquid (water or a liquid metal) is used to transport heat away from the cold side of the TEG. Typical reactor coolants include sodium or eutectic mixtures of lead-bismuth. These are coolants that have been used to cool fast neutron reactors. Heat from the liquid metal coolant is rejected through the thermal electric materials, thereby producing electrical power directly. The temperature gradient could extend from as high as 1300 K to 300 K, although fast reactor structural materials (including those used to clad the fuel) currently used limit the high temperature to about 825K.

  14. Review of fast reactor activities in India

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    It may be recalled that In the presentation at the last meeting of the IWGFR (13th Annual meeting), a broad outline of India's nuclear energy programme and the role of fast breeders in the programme has been provided. The steps taken to enable the fast breeders to fulfil their role have also been described. In brief, fast breeder reactors are considered as an essential and integral part of the programme of nuclear energy and constitute the second step in the programme, the first being the construction of natural uranium heavy water moderated reactors which will consume natural uranium but will produce plutonium to fuel fast breeder reactors. This basic position has remained unchanged and the Government is now taking steps to build a large number of heavy water reactors, say 10 million Kw capacity in the next 20 years. This defines the time frame for developing the fast breeder technology in the country. It has therefore been decided to mobilise the efforts towards design, construction and operation of a medium sized (about 500 M We) reactor by mid-nineties. Thus, the climate for fast breeder reactors is good and there is a good deal of enthusiasm amongst the scientists and engineers working in the field although the actual implementation of the programme during the year had to face certain difficulties

  15. A fast and flexible reactor physics model for simulating neutron spectra and depletion in fast reactors

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    Recktenwald, Geoff; Deinert, Mark

    2010-03-01

    Determining the time dependent concentration of isotopes within a nuclear reactor core is central to the analysis of nuclear fuel cycles. We present a fast, flexible tool for determining the time dependent neutron spectrum within fast reactors. The code (VBUDS: visualization, burnup, depletion and spectra) uses a two region, multigroup collision probability model to simulate the energy dependent neutron flux and tracks the buildup and burnout of 24 actinides, as well as fission products. While originally developed for LWR simulations, the model is shown to produce fast reactor spectra that show high degree of fidelity to available fast reactor benchmarks.

  16. Behavior of actinides in the Integral Fast Reactor fuel cycle

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    Courtney, J.C. [Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge, LA (United States). Nuclear Science Center; Lineberry, M.J. [Argonne National Lab., Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Technology Development Div.

    1994-06-01

    The Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) under development by Argonne National Laboratory uses metallic fuels instead of ceramics. This allows electrorefining of spent fuels and presents opportunities for recycling minor actinide elements. Four minor actinides ({sup 237}Np, {sup 240}Pu, {sup 241}Am, and {sup 243}Am) determine the waste storage requirements of spent fuel from all types of fission reactors. These nuclides behave the same as uranium and other plutonium isotopes in electrorefining, so they can be recycled back to the reactor without elaborate chemical processing. An experiment has been designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of the high-energy neutron spectra of the IFR in consuming these four nuclides and plutonium. Eighteen sets of seven actinide and five light metal targets have been selected for ten day exposure in the Experimental Breeder Reactor-2 which serves as a prototype of the IFR. Post-irradiation analyses of the exposed targets by gamma, alpha, and mass spectroscopy are used to determine nuclear reaction-rates and neutron spectra. These experimental data increase the authors` confidence in their ability to predict reaction rates in candidate IFR designs using a variety of neutron transport and diffusion programs.

  17. Status of the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory

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    The Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory is a third-generation light source optimized for production of high-brilliance undulator radiation in the hard x-ray portion of the spectrum. A user community representing all major centers of synchrotron research, including universities, industry, and federal laboratories, will utilize these x-ray beams for investigations across a diverse range of disciplines. All technical facilities and components required for operations have been completed and installed, and are well along in the commissioning process. Major design goals and Department of Energy milestones have been met or exceeded. Project funds have been maximized to construct a number of beamline components and user facilities over and above those called for in the original project scope. Research teams preparing experimental apparatus at the Advanced Photon Source have procured strong funding support. copyright 1996 American Institute of Physics

  18. Stationary Liquid Fuel Fast Reactor

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    For effective burning of hazardous transuranic (TRU) elements of used nuclear fuel, a transformational advanced reactor concept named SLFFR (Stationary Liquid Fuel Fast Reactor) was proposed based on stationary molten metallic fuel. The fuel enters the reactor vessel in a solid form, and then it is heated to molten temperature in a small melting heater. The fuel is contained within a closed, thick container with penetrating coolant channels, and thus it is not mixed with coolant nor flow through the primary heat transfer circuit. The makeup fuel is semi- continuously added to the system, and thus a very small excess reactivity is required. Gaseous fission products are also removed continuously, and a fraction of the fuel is periodically drawn off from the fuel container to a processing facility where non-gaseous mixed fission products and other impurities are removed and then the cleaned fuel is recycled into the fuel container. A reference core design and a preliminary plant system design of a 1000 MWt TRU- burning SLFFR concept were developed using TRU-Ce-Co fuel, Ta-10W fuel container, and sodium coolant. Conservative design approaches were adopted to stay within the current material performance database. Detailed neutronics and thermal-fluidic analyses were performed to develop a reference core design. Region-dependent 33-group cross sections were generated based on the ENDF/B-VII.0 data using the MC2-3 code. Core and fuel cycle analyses were performed in theta-r-z geometries using the DIF3D and REBUS-3 codes. Reactivity coefficients and kinetics parameters were calculated using the VARI3D perturbation theory code. Thermo-fluidic analyses were performed using the ANSYS FLUENT computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code. Figure 0.1 shows a schematic radial layout of the reference 1000 MWt SLFFR core, and Table 0.1 summarizes the main design parameters of SLFFR-1000 loop plant. The fuel container is a 2.5 cm thick cylinder with an inner radius of 87.5 cm. The fuel

  19. Stationary Liquid Fuel Fast Reactor

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    Yang, Won Sik [Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN (United States); Grandy, Andrew [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Boroski, Andrew [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Krajtl, Lubomir [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Johnson, Terry [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)

    2015-09-30

    For effective burning of hazardous transuranic (TRU) elements of used nuclear fuel, a transformational advanced reactor concept named SLFFR (Stationary Liquid Fuel Fast Reactor) was proposed based on stationary molten metallic fuel. The fuel enters the reactor vessel in a solid form, and then it is heated to molten temperature in a small melting heater. The fuel is contained within a closed, thick container with penetrating coolant channels, and thus it is not mixed with coolant nor flow through the primary heat transfer circuit. The makeup fuel is semi- continuously added to the system, and thus a very small excess reactivity is required. Gaseous fission products are also removed continuously, and a fraction of the fuel is periodically drawn off from the fuel container to a processing facility where non-gaseous mixed fission products and other impurities are removed and then the cleaned fuel is recycled into the fuel container. A reference core design and a preliminary plant system design of a 1000 MWt TRU- burning SLFFR concept were developed using TRU-Ce-Co fuel, Ta-10W fuel container, and sodium coolant. Conservative design approaches were adopted to stay within the current material performance database. Detailed neutronics and thermal-fluidic analyses were performed to develop a reference core design. Region-dependent 33-group cross sections were generated based on the ENDF/B-VII.0 data using the MC2-3 code. Core and fuel cycle analyses were performed in theta-r-z geometries using the DIF3D and REBUS-3 codes. Reactivity coefficients and kinetics parameters were calculated using the VARI3D perturbation theory code. Thermo-fluidic analyses were performed using the ANSYS FLUENT computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code. Figure 0.1 shows a schematic radial layout of the reference 1000 MWt SLFFR core, and Table 0.1 summarizes the main design parameters of SLFFR-1000 loop plant. The fuel container is a 2.5 cm thick cylinder with an inner radius of 87.5 cm. The fuel

  20. Recycle of LWR [Light Water Reactor] actinides to an IFR [Integral Fast Reactor

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    A large quantity of actinide elements is present in irradiated Light Water Reactor (LWR) fuel that is stored throughout the world. Because of the high fission-to-capture ratio for the transuranium (TRU) elements with the high-energy neutrons in the metal-fueled Integral Fast Reactor (IFR), that reactor can consume these elements effectively. The stored fuel represents a valuable resource for an expanding application of fast power reactors. In addition, removal of the TRU elements from the spent LWR fuel has the potential for increasing the capacity of a high-level waste facility by reducing the heat loads and increasing the margin of safety in meeting licensing requirements. Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) is developing a pyrochemical process, which is compatible with the IFR fuel cycle, for the recovery of TRU elements from LWR fuel. The proposed product is a metallic actinide ingot, which can be introduced into the electrorefining step of the IFR process. The major objective of the LWR fuel recovery process is high TRU element recovery, with decontamination a secondary issue, because fission product removal is accomplished in the IFR process. The extensive pyrochemical processing studies of the 1960s and 1970s provide a basis for the design of possible processes. Two processes were selected for laboratory-scale investigation. One is based on the Salt Transport Process studied at ANL for mixed-oxide fast reactor fuel, and the other is based on the blanket processing studies done for ANL's second Experimental Breeder Reactor (EBR-2). This paper discusses the two processes and is a status report on the experimental studies. 5 refs., 2 figs., 2 tabs

  1. Argonne Liquid-Metal Advanced Burner Reactor : components and in-vessel system thermal-hydraulic research and testing experience - pathway forward.

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    Kasza, K.; Grandy, C.; Chang, Y.; Khalil, H.; Nuclear Engineering Division

    2007-06-30

    This white paper provides an overview and status report of the thermal-hydraulic nuclear research and development, both experimental and computational, conducted predominantly at Argonne National Laboratory. Argonne from the early 1970s through the early 1990s was the Department of Energy's (DOE's) lead lab for thermal-hydraulic development of Liquid Metal Reactors (LMRs). During the 1970s and into the mid-1980s, Argonne conducted thermal-hydraulic studies and experiments on individual reactor components supporting the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II (EBR-II), Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF), and the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR). From the mid-1980s and into the early 1990s, Argonne conducted studies on phenomena related to forced- and natural-convection thermal buoyancy in complete in-vessel models of the General Electric (GE) Prototype Reactor Inherently Safe Module (PRISM) and Rockwell International (RI) Sodium Advanced Fast Reactor (SAFR). These two reactor initiatives involved Argonne working closely with U.S. industry and DOE. This paper describes the very important impact of thermal hydraulics dominated by thermal buoyancy forces on reactor global operation and on the behavior/performance of individual components during postulated off-normal accident events with low flow. Utilizing Argonne's LMR expertise and design knowledge is vital to the further development of safe, reliable, and high-performance LMRs. Argonne believes there remains an important need for continued research and development on thermal-hydraulic design in support of DOE's and the international community's renewed thrust for developing and demonstrating the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) reactor(s) and the associated Argonne Liquid Metal-Advanced Burner Reactor (LM-ABR). This white paper highlights that further understanding is needed regarding reactor design under coolant low-flow events. These safety-related events are associated with the transition

  2. Argonne Liquid-Metal Advanced Burner Reactor : components and in-vessel system thermal-hydraulic research and testing experience - pathway forward

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    This white paper provides an overview and status report of the thermal-hydraulic nuclear research and development, both experimental and computational, conducted predominantly at Argonne National Laboratory. Argonne from the early 1970s through the early 1990s was the Department of Energy's (DOE's) lead lab for thermal-hydraulic development of Liquid Metal Reactors (LMRs). During the 1970s and into the mid-1980s, Argonne conducted thermal-hydraulic studies and experiments on individual reactor components supporting the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II (EBR-II), Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF), and the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR). From the mid-1980s and into the early 1990s, Argonne conducted studies on phenomena related to forced- and natural-convection thermal buoyancy in complete in-vessel models of the General Electric (GE) Prototype Reactor Inherently Safe Module (PRISM) and Rockwell International (RI) Sodium Advanced Fast Reactor (SAFR). These two reactor initiatives involved Argonne working closely with U.S. industry and DOE. This paper describes the very important impact of thermal hydraulics dominated by thermal buoyancy forces on reactor global operation and on the behavior/performance of individual components during postulated off-normal accident events with low flow. Utilizing Argonne's LMR expertise and design knowledge is vital to the further development of safe, reliable, and high-performance LMRs. Argonne believes there remains an important need for continued research and development on thermal-hydraulic design in support of DOE's and the international community's renewed thrust for developing and demonstrating the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) reactor(s) and the associated Argonne Liquid Metal-Advanced Burner Reactor (LM-ABR). This white paper highlights that further understanding is needed regarding reactor design under coolant low-flow events. These safety-related events are associated with the transition from normal high

  3. Research on the usage of a deep sea fast reactor

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    Otsubo, Akira; Kowata, Yasuki [Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corp., Oarai, Ibaraki (Japan). Oarai Engineering Center

    1997-09-01

    Many new types of fast reactors have been studied in PNC. A deep sea fast reactor has the highest realization probability of the reactors studied because its development is desired by many specialists of oceanography, meteorology, deep sea bottom oil field, seismology and so on and because the development does not cost big budget and few technical problems remain to be solved. This report explains the outline and the usage of the reactor of 40 kWe and 200 to 400 kWe. The reactor can be used as a power source at an unmanned base for long term climate prediction and the earth science and an oil production base in a deep sea region. On the other hand, it is used for heat and electric power supply to a laboratory in the polar region. In future, it will be used in the space. At the present time, a large FBR development plan does not proceed successfully and a realization goal time of FBR has gone later and later. We think that it is the most important to develop the reactor as fast as possible and to plant a fast reactor technique in our present society. (author)

  4. Prototype fast breeder reactor main options

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    Fast reactor programme gets importance in the Indian energy market because of continuous growing demand of electricity and resources limited to only coal and FBR. India started its fast reactor programme with the construction of 40 MWt Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR). The reactor attained its first criticality in October 1985. The reactor power will be raised to 40 MWt in near future. As a logical follow-up of FBTR, it was decided to build a prototype fast breeder reactor, PFBR. Considering significant effects of capital cost and construction period on economy, systematic efforts are made to reduce the same. The number of primary and secondary sodium loops and components have been reduced. Sodium coolant, pool type concept, oxide fuel, 20% CW D9, SS 316 LN and modified 9Cr-1Mo steel (T91) materials have been selected for PFBR. Based on the operating experience, the integrity of the high temperature components including fuel and cost optimization aspects, the plant temperatures are recommended. Steam temperature of 763 K at 16.6 MPa and a single TG of 500 MWe gross output have been decided. PFBR will be located at Kalpakkam site on the coast of Bay of Bengal. The plant life is designed for 30 y and 75% load factor. In this paper the justifications for the main options chosen are given in brief. (author). 2 figs, 2 tabs

  5. Spatial Kinetics in Fast Reactors

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    Reactor neutronic calculations designed for calculating of unsteady processes in a real 3D geometry require processing of a large amount of information. They cannot consist of simple models, as they should reflect the processes of variations of all local reactor characteristics. The model complexity and the significant time needed for numerical solution of neutron-transport equations limit the choice of methods that can achieve the required accuracy. Thus there is an urgent need for the development of various methods enabling the solution of unsteady neutron-transport equations and estimates of their errors, spent time and consistency with the experimental data. (author)

  6. Expert system for fast reactor diagnostic

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    A general description of expert systems is given. The operation of a fast reactor is reviewed. The expert system to the diagnosis of breakdowns limited to the reactor core. The structure of the system is described: specification of the diagnostics; structure of the data bank and evaluation of the rules; specification of the prediagnostics and evaluation; explanation of the diagnostics; time evolution of the system; comparison with other expert systems. Applications to some cases of faults are finally presented

  7. Current status of fast reactor physics

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    Hummel, H.H.

    1979-01-01

    The subject of calculation of reactivity coefficients for fast reactors is developed, starting with a discussion of the status of relevant nuclear data and proceeding to the subjects of group cross section generation and of methods of obtaining reactivity coefficients from group cross sections. Reactivity coefficients measured in critical experiments are compared with calculated values. Dependence of reactivity coefficients on reactor design is discussed. Finally, results of the recent international comparison of calculated reactivity coefficients are presented.

  8. Fast Reactor Knowledge Management at IGCAR, India

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    The Process Architecture: → Acquire: Solicitation; Voluntary submission; Mandatory requirements; Interview/Observation; → Quality Control: Review/Editing; Certification; Quality index; → Disseminate: Publish through the Technology architecture; Formal/Informal Meetings; COPs; → Utilize: Projects; Day-to-day activities; → Maintenance; → Retirement. Mission: To conduct a broad based multidisciplinary programme of scientific research and advanced engineering development, directed towards the establishment of the technology of Sodium Cooled Fast Breeder Reactors (FBR) and associated fuel cycle facilities in the Country. The mission includes the development and applications of new and improved materials, techniques, equipment and systems for FBRs, pursue basic research to achieve breakthroughs in Fast Reactor technology

  9. TITAN program and direct cycle fast reactor

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    Kato, Yasuyoshi; Yoshizawa, Yoshio; Nitawaki, Takeshi [Research Laboratory for Nuclear Reactors, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo (Japan)

    2000-07-01

    In December 1999, the Research Laboratory for Nuclear Reactors of the Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT) started a new program for the development of advanced nuclear reactors with small and medium size. TITAN is the acronym for the program. A novel concept of a carbon dioxide cooled direct cycle fast reactor with a Rankin cycle has been proposed as the advanced nuclear reactors and evaluated for an alternative option to liquid metal cooled fast reactors (LMFRs). The use of carbon dioxide as coolant eliminates major safety related problems of sodium cooled fast reactors: positive sodium void reactivity, hazardous reaction between sodium and water or air. The decay heat is passively removed by allocating a storage tank of liquidized carbon dioxide between the regenerator and the condenser, and by introducing naturally the carbon dioxide vaporized from the tank into the core in the event of the depressurization accident. The direct cycle results in considerable simplification of the heat transport system owing to the absence of intermediate cooling and water-steam loops comparing with the LMFRs. The thermal efficiency of the direct cycle is evaluated as 34.3 %, which is slightly higher than those in the current BWRs and PWRs. (author)

  10. A review of the UK fast reactor programme

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    A review of the United Kingdom Fast Reactor Programme is introduced. Operational experience with the Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) is briefly summarized. The design concept of the Commercial Demonstration Fast Reactor (CDFR) is given in some detail. The emphasis is on materials development, chemical engineering/sodium technology, fuel reprocessing and fuel cycle, engineering component development and reactor safety

  11. Progress of China Experimental Fast Reactor in 2011

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    2011-01-01

    1 Background Fast reactor is the reactor which realized the chain fission with fast neutron.As an optional type of generation Ⅳ reactor,fast reactor has three characters:1) It can change 238U to 239Pu and raise the uranium resource utilization

  12. Elements for evaluation of fast breeder reactor's potential in Argentina

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    Fast Breeder Reactors (FBR) main features are presented in a general form, including their physical principles, the history of their evolution, their relevant technological aspects and the basis for their comparison to other energy sources. This is completed with descriptions of typical reactors and a model of FBR penetration in the Argentine electrical network. It is recommended to form a multidisciplinary board to study which position should be taken with respect to this type of reactors. In the author's opinion a Research activity should be started and gradually increased for passing to Development activities after a short while. (Author)

  13. Flexible Conversion Ratio Fast Reactor Systems Evaluation

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    Neil Todreas; Pavel Hejzlar

    2008-06-30

    Conceptual designs of lead-cooled and liquid salt-cooled fast flexible conversion ratio reactors were developed. Both concepts have cores reated at 2400 MWt placed in a large-pool-type vessel with dual-free level, which also contains four intermediate heat exchanges coupling a primary coolant to a compact and efficient supercritical CO2 Brayton cycle power conversion system. Decay heat is removed passively using an enhanced Reactor Vessel Auxiliary Cooling System and a Passive Secondary Auxiliary Cooling System. The most important findings were that (1) it is feasible to design the lead-cooled and salt-cooled reactor with the flexible conversion ratio (CR) in the range of CR=0 and CR=1 n a manner that achieves inherent reactor shutdown in unprotected accidents, (2) the salt-cooled reactor requires Lithium thermal Expansion Modules to overcme the inherent salt coolant's large positive coolant temperature reactivity coefficient, (3) the preferable salt for fast spectrum high power density cores is NaCl-Kcl-MgCl2 as opposed to fluoride salts due to its better themal-hydraulic and neutronic characteristics, and (4) both reactor, but attain power density 3 times smaller than that of the sodium-cooled reactor.

  14. Flexible Conversion Ratio Fast Reactor Systems Evaluation

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    Conceptual designs of lead-cooled and liquid salt-cooled fast flexible conversion ratio reactors were developed. Both concepts have cores treated at 2400 MWt placed in a large-pool-type vessel with dual-free level, which also contains four intermediate heat exchanges coupling a primary coolant to a compact and efficient supercritical CO2 Brayton cycle power conversion system. Decay heat is removed passively using an enhanced Reactor Vessel Auxiliary Cooling System and a Passive Secondary Auxiliary Cooling System. The most important findings were that (1) it is feasible to design the lead-cooled and salt-cooled reactor with the flexible conversion ratio (CR) in the range of CR=0 and CR=1 n a manner that achieves inherent reactor shutdown in unprotected accidents, (2) the salt-cooled reactor requires Lithium thermal Expansion Modules to overcome the inherent salt coolant's large positive coolant temperature reactivity coefficient, (3) the preferable salt for fast spectrum high power density cores is NaCl-Kcl-MgCl2 as opposed to fluoride salts due to its better thermal-hydraulic and neutronic characteristics, and (4) both reactor, but attain power density 3 times smaller than that of the sodium-cooled reactor

  15. Liquid metal fast reactor transient design

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    An examination has been made of how the currently available computing capabilities could be used to reduce Liquid Metal Fast Reactor design, manufacturing, and construction cost. While the examination focused on computer analyses some other promising means to reduce costs were also examined. (author)

  16. Fast Reactor and ADS development in China

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    Conclusion: • The Fukushima accident influence China deeply. “The 12th five years plan and 2020 perspective goal of nuclear safety and radioactive pollution prevention” has been approved which means the nuclear may restart in the near future. • A demonstration fast reactor is under design. • More and more research works will be executed on CEFR

  17. Improved fuel element for fast breeder reactor

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    The invention, in which the United States Department of Energy has participated as co-inventor, relates to breeder reactor fuel elements, and specifically to such elements incorporating 'getters', hereafter designated as fission product traps. The main object of the invention is the construction of a fast breeder reactor fuel pin, free from local stresses induced in the cladding by reactions with cesium. According to the invention, the fast breeder fuel element includes a cladding tube, sealed at both ends by a plug, and containing a fissile stack and a fertile stack, characterized by the interposition of a cesium trap between the fissile and fertile stacks. The trap is effective at reactor operating temperatures in retaining and separating the cesium generated in the fissile material and preventing cesium reaction with the fertile stack. Depending on the construction method adopted, the trap may consists of a low density titanium oxide or niobium oxide pellet

  18. The development of fast reactors in France

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    Only minor changes were introduced in the French nuclear programme by the new government in 1981. The operating conditions of Rapsodie were very satisfactory up to January 1982. After a leak in the double primary jacket (nitrogen circuit) the reactor was shut down for investigations. Phenix is continuing to operate smoothly. Construction of Super Phenix (Creys Malville power plant) is proceeding normally though with some delay. The studies for the future (after Creys Malville) are following their way both for the Project 1500 (Super Phenix 2) and for the specific plants of the fuel cycle. Research and development are largely directed toward Super Phenix 1 needs and the prospects of Super Phenix 2. International cooperation remains very intensive. The financial resources devoted to the development of fast reactors are globally stable. Including fuel cycle and safety (but excluding the Phenix operation) about 1300 millions of francs will be devoted to fast reactors by the C.E.A. in 1982. (author)

  19. Fast Reactor Fuel Development in Europe

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    Research and development of minor-actinide-bearing fuels in Europe has made significant progress, with a number of scoping irradiation tests made on a number of candidate fuels foreseen for fast reactors and dedicated minor actinide transmutation systems, e.g. the accelerator driven system. Currently, efforts concentrate on uranium based fuels, as the deployment of fast reactor fleets requires Pu generation in order to achieve sustainability. Both homogeneous and heterogeneous concepts for minor actinide reactor recycling are considered. In the former, the minor actinides are added in small quantities to the mixed oxide fuel, while in the latter, the minor actinides are loaded in significant quantities in UO2. Irradiation programmes to test these concepts for pellet and SPHEREPAC fuel configurations are under way. (author)

  20. An evaluation of alternative reactor vessel cutting technologies for the experimental boiling water reactor at Argonne National Laboratory

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    Boing, L.E.; Henley, D.R. (Argonne National Lab., IL (USA)); Manion, W.J.; Gordon, J.W. (Nuclear Energy Services, Inc., Danbury, CT (USA))

    1989-12-01

    Metal cutting techniques that can be used to segment the reactor pressure vessel of the Experimental Boiling Water Reactor (EBWR) at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) have been evaluated by Nuclear Energy Services. Twelve cutting technologies are described in terms of their ability to perform the required task, their performance characteristics, environmental and radiological impacts, and cost and schedule considerations. Specific recommendations regarding which technology should ultimately be used by ANL are included. The selection of a cutting method was the responsibility of the decommissioning staff at ANL, who included a relative weighting of the parameters described in this document in their evaluation process. 73 refs., 26 figs., 69 tabs.

  1. An evaluation of alternative reactor vessel cutting technologies for the experimental boiling water reactor at Argonne National Laboratory

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    Metal cutting techniques that can be used to segment the reactor pressure vessel of the Experimental Boiling Water Reactor (EBWR) at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) have been evaluated by Nuclear Energy Services. Twelve cutting technologies are described in terms of their ability to perform the required task, their performance characteristics, environmental and radiological impacts, and cost and schedule considerations. Specific recommendations regarding which technology should ultimately be used by ANL are included. The selection of a cutting method was the responsibility of the decommissioning staff at ANL, who included a relative weighting of the parameters described in this document in their evaluation process. 73 refs., 26 figs., 69 tabs

  2. Operating experience of Fast Breeder Test Reactor

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    Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) is a 40 MWt / 13.2 MWe sodium cooled, loop type mixed carbide fuelled reactor. Its main aim is to gain experience in the design, construction and operation of fast reactors and to serve as an irradiation facility for development of fuel and structural material for future fast reactors. The reactor achieved first criticality in October 1985 with small indigenously designed and fabricated Mark I core (70% PuC-30% UC). The reactor power was subsequently raised in steps to 17.4 MWt by addition of Mark II fuel subassemblies (55% PuC-45% UC) and with the Mark I fuel operating at the designed linear heat rating of 400 W/cm. The turbo-generator was synchronized with the grid in July 1997. The achieved peak burn-up is 137 000 MWd/t so far without any fuel-clad failure. Presently the reactor is being operated at a nominal power of 15.7 MWt for irradiation of a test fuel subassembly of the Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor, which is coming up at Kalpakkam. It is also planned to irradiate test subassemblies made of metallic fuel for future fast reactor program. Being a small reactor, all feed back coefficients of reactivity including void coefficient are negative and hence the reactor is inherently safe. This was confirmed by carrying out physics tests. The capability to remove decay heat under various incidental conditions including natural convection was demonstrated by carrying out engineering tests. Thermo couples are provided for on-line monitoring of fuel SA outlet temperature by dedicated real time computer and processed to generate trip signals for the reactor in case of power excursion, increase in clad hot spot temperature and subassembly flow blockage. All pipelines and capacities in primary main circuit are provided with segmented outer envelope to minimize and contain radioactive sodium leak while ensuring forced cooling through reactor to remove decay heat in case of failure of primary boundary. In secondary circuit, provision is

  3. Fast Spectrum Molten Salt Reactor Options

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    Gehin, Jess C [ORNL; Holcomb, David Eugene [ORNL; Flanagan, George F [ORNL; Patton, Bruce W [ORNL; Howard, Rob L [ORNL; Harrison, Thomas J [ORNL

    2011-07-01

    During 2010, fast-spectrum molten-salt reactors (FS-MSRs) were selected as a transformational reactor concept for light-water reactor (LWR)-derived heavy actinide disposition by the Department of Energy-Nuclear Energy Advanced Reactor Concepts (ARC) program and were the subject of a preliminary scoping investigation. Much of the reactor description information presented in this report derives from the preliminary studies performed for the ARC project. This report, however, has a somewhat broader scope-providing a conceptual overview of the characteristics and design options for FS-MSRs. It does not present in-depth evaluation of any FS-MSR particular characteristic, but instead provides an overview of all of the major reactor system technologies and characteristics, including the technology developments since the end of major molten salt reactor (MSR) development efforts in the 1970s. This report first presents a historical overview of the FS-MSR technology and describes the innovative characteristics of an FS-MSR. Next, it provides an overview of possible reactor configurations. The following design features/options and performance considerations are described including: (1) reactor salt options-both chloride and fluoride salts; (2) the impact of changing the carrier salt and actinide concentration on conversion ratio; (3) the conversion ratio; (4) an overview of the fuel salt chemical processing; (5) potential power cycles and hydrogen production options; and (6) overview of the performance characteristics of FS-MSRs, including general comparative metrics with LWRs. The conceptual-level evaluation includes resource sustainability, proliferation resistance, economics, and safety. The report concludes with a description of the work necessary to begin more detailed evaluation of FS-MSRs as a realistic reactor and fuel cycle option.

  4. Intrinsically secure fast reactors with dense cores

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    Slessarev, Igor [29, Res. Tivoli, Allee des Peupliers, 13090 Aix-en-Provence (France)], E-mail: igor.slessarev@free.fr

    2007-11-15

    Secure safety, resistance to weapons material proliferation and problems of long-lived wastes remain the most important 'painful points' of nuclear power. Many innovative reactor concepts have been developed aimed at a radical enhancement of safety. The promising potential of innovative nuclear reactors allows for shifting accents in current reactor safety 'strategy' to reveal this worth. Such strategy is elaborated focusing on the priority for intrinsically secure safety features as well as on sure protection being provided by the first barrier of defence. Concerning the potential of fast reactors (i.e. sodium cooled, lead-cooled, etc.), there are no doubts that they are able to possess many favourable intrinsically secure safety features and to lay the proper foundation for a new reactor generation. However, some of their neutronic characteristics have to be radically improved. Among intrinsically secure safety properties, the following core parameters are significantly important: reactivity margin values, reactivity feed-back and coolant void effects. Ways of designing intrinsically secure safety features in fast reactors (titled hereafter as Intrinsically Secure Fast Reactors - ISFR) can be found in the frame of current reactor technologies by radical enhancement of core neutron economy and by optimization of core compositions. Simultaneously, respecting resistance to proliferation, by using non-enriched fuel feed as well as a core breeding gain close to zero, are considered as the important features (long-lived waste problems will be considered in a separate paper). This implies using the following reactor design options as well as closed fuel cycles with natural U as the reactor feed: {center_dot}Ultra-plate 'dense cores' of the ordinary (monolithic) type with negative total coolant void effects. {center_dot}Modular type cores. Multiple dense modules can be embedded in the common reflector for achieving the desired NPP total

  5. Decontamination and dismantlement of the JANUS Reactor at Argonne National Laboratory-East. Project final report

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    Fellhauer, C.R.; Clark, F.R. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States). Technology Development Div.; Garlock, G.A. [MOTA Corp., Cayce, SC (United States)

    1997-10-01

    The decontamination and dismantlement of the JANUS Reactor at Argonne National Laboratory-East (ANL-E) was completed in October 1997. Descriptions and evaluations of the activities performed and analyses of the results obtained during the JANUS D and D Project are provided in this Final Report. The following information is included: objective of the JANUS D and D Project; history of the JANUS Reactor facility; description of the ANL-E site and the JANUS Reactor facility; overview of the D and D activities performed; description of the project planning and engineering; description of the D and D operations; summary of the final status of the JANUS Reactor facility based upon the final survey results; description of the health and safety aspects of the project, including personnel exposure and OSHA reporting; summary of the waste minimization techniques utilized and total waste generated by the project; and summary of the final cost and schedule for the JANUS D and D Project.

  6. Coatings for fast breeder reactor components

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    Several types of metallurgical coatings are used in the unique environments of the fast breeder reactor. Most of the coatings have been developed for tribological applications, but some also serve as corrosion barriers, diffusion barriers, or radionuclide traps. The materials that have consistently given the best performance as tribological coatings in the breeder reactor environments have been coatings based on chromium carbide, nickel aluminide, or Tribaloy 700 (a nickel-base hard-facing alloy). Other coatings that have been qualified for limited applications include chromium plating for low temperature galling protection and nickel plating for radionuclide trapping

  7. Fuel management codes for fast reactors

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    The CAPHE code is used for managing and following up fuel subassemblies in the Phenix fast neutron reactor; the principal experimental results obtained since this reactor was commissioned are analyzed with this code. They are mainly concerned with following up fuel subassembly powers and core reactivity variations observed up to the beginning of the fifth Phenix working cycle (3/75). Characteristics of Phenix irradiated fuel subassemblies calculated by the CAPHE code are detailed as at April 1, 1975 (burn-up steel damage)

  8. 3 Investment Scenarios for Fast Reactors

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    Results: • 4 families of scenarios: – In each of them, 3 options for national nuclear policy → 12 scenarios; – 3 favorable to FRs: - “climate constraint” with strong pro-nuclear policy - “climate constraint” with moderate pro-nuclear policy - “totally green” with strong pro-nuclear policy. • Business As Usual is not favorable to Fast Reactors; Fast reactors deployment: - Needs strong climate policy - Is viable in case of important renewable progress as long as climate policy is strong. International perspective: • Results are valid for Europe, other drivers being likely to be more important in other countries : high growth and demand (Asia); • With strong contrasts between European countries. Further research: • Finer modeling of drivers with unclear influence (clustered and excluded variables): Influence of weak signals

  9. Sodium fast reactor evaluation: Core materials

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    Cheon, Jin Sik; Lee, Chan Bock; Lee, Byoung Oon; Raison, J. P.; Mizuno, T.; Delage, F.; Carmack, J.

    2009-07-01

    In the framework of the Generation IV Sodium Fast Reactor (SFR) Program the Advanced Fuel Project has conducted an evaluation of the available fuel systems supporting future sodium cooled fast reactors. In this paper the status of available and developmental materials for SFR core cladding and duct applications is reviewed. To satisfy the Generation IV SFR fuel requirements, an advanced cladding needs to be developed. The candidate cladding materials are austenitic steels, ferritic/martensitic (F/M) steels, and oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) steels. A large amount of irradiation testing is required, and the compatibility of cladding with TRU-loaded fuel at high temperatures and high burnup must be investigated. The more promising F/M steels (compared to HT9) might be able to meet the dose requirements of over 200 dpa for ducts in the GEN-IV SFR systems.

  10. Transuranic material recovery in the Integral Fast Reactor fuel cycle demonstration

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    The Integral Fast Reactor is an innovative liquid metal reactor concept that is being developed by Argonne National Laboratory. It takes advantage of the properties of metallic fuel and liquid metal cooling to offer significant improvements in reactor safety, operation, fuel cycle economics, environmental protection, and safeguards. The plans for demonstrating the IFR fuel cycle, including its waste processing options, by processing irradiated fuel from the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II fuel in its associated Fuel Cycle Facility have been developed for the first refining series. This series has been designed to provide the data needed for the further development of the IFR program. An important piece of the data needed is the recovery of TRU material during the reprocessing and waste operations

  11. Liquid metal tribology in fast breeder reactors

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    Liquid Metal Cooled Fast Breeder Reactors (LMFBR) require mechanisms operating in various sodium liquid and sodium vapor environments for extended periods of time up to temperatures of 900 K under different chemical properties of the fluid. The design of tribological systems in those reactors cannot be based on data and past experience of so-called conventional tribology. Although basic tribological phenomena and their scientific interpretation apply in this field, operating conditions specific to nuclear reactors and prevailing especially in the nuclear part of such facilities pose special problems. Therefore, in the framework of the R and D-program accompanying the construction phase of SNR 300 experiments were carried out to provide data and knowledge necessary for the lay-out of friction systems between mating surfaces of contacting components. Initially, screening tests isolated material pairs with good slipping properties and maximum wear resistance. Those materials were subjected to comprehensive parameter investigations. A multitude of laboratory scale tests have been performed under largely reactor specific conditions. Unusual superimpositions of parameters were analyzed and separated to find their individual influence on the friction process. The results of these experiments were made available to the reactor industry as well as to factories producing special tribo-materials. (orig.)

  12. Risk Management for Sodium Fast Reactors.

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    Denman, Matthew R. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Groth, Katrina [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Cardoni, Jeffrey N. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Wheeler, Timothy A. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2015-01-01

    Accident management is an important component to maintaining risk at acceptable levels for all complex systems, such as nuclear power plants. With the introduction of self - correcting, or inherently safe, reactor designs the focus has shifted from management by operators to allowing the syste m's design to manage the accident. While inherently and passively safe designs are laudable, extreme boundary conditions can interfere with the design attributes which facilitate inherent safety , thus resulting in unanticipated and undesirable end states. This report examines an inherently safe and small sodium fast reactor experiencing a beyond design basis seismic event with the intend of exploring two issues : (1) can human intervention either improve or worsen the potential end states and (2) can a Bayes ian Network be constructed to infer the state of the reactor to inform (1). ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The author s would like to acknowledge the U.S. Department of E nergy's Office of Nuclear Energy for funding this research through Work Package SR - 14SN100303 under the Advanced Reactor Concepts program. The authors also acknowledge the PRA teams at A rgonne N ational L aborator y , O ak R idge N ational L aborator y , and I daho N ational L aborator y for their continue d contributions to the advanced reactor PRA mission area.

  13. Investigation of small and modular-sized fast reactor

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    In this paper, feasibility of the multipurpose small fast reactor, which could be used for requirements concerned with various utilization of electricity and energy and flexibility of power supply site, is discussed on the basis of examination of literatures of various small reactors. And also, a possibility of economic improvement by learning effect of fabrication cost is discussed for the modular-sized reactor which is expected to be a base load power supply system with lower initial investment. (1) Multipurpose small reactor (a) The small reactor with 10MWe-150MWe has a potential as a power source for large co-generation, a large island, a middle city, desalination and marine use. (b) Highly passive mechanism, long fuel exchange interval, and minimized maintenance activities are required for the multipurpose small reactor design. The reactor has a high potential for the long fuel exchange interval, since it is relatively easy for FR to obtain a long life core. (c) Current designs of small FRs in Japan and USA (NERI Project) are reviewed to obtain design requirements for the multipurpose small reactor. (2) Modular-sized reactor (a) In order that modular-sized reactor could be competitive to 3200MWe twin plant (two large monolithic reactor) with 200kyenWe, the target capital cost of FOAK is estimated to be 260kyen/yenWe for 800MWe modular, 280kyen/yenWe for 400MWe modular and 290kyen/yenWe for 200MWe by taking account of the leaning effect. (b) As the result of the review on the current designs of modular-sized FRs in Japan and USA (S-PRISM) from the viewpoint of economic improvement, since it only be necessary to make further effort for the target capital cost of FOAK, since the modular-sized FRs requires a large amount of material for shielding, vessels and heat exchangers essentially. (author)

  14. Fast nuclear reactors. Associated international projects. State of the art and assessment of the concepts

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    The recognition of the strategic importance of nuclear energy as a source of sustainable energy may be perceived in the continuous development, in many countries, of the technology of fast nuclear reactors with an associated closed fuel cycle, assuming that these Generation IV innovative systems will be required in the future. These reactors fulfill international requirements for safety and reliability, economic competitiveness, sustainability and proliferation resistance. They have the potential of using more efficiently the natural resources of Uranium and of reducing the volume and radiotoxicity of the nuclear waste by partitioning and transmutation of Minor Actinides. The national and international programs being carried out today are concentrated in the following concepts: Sodium Fast Reactor (SFR), Lead Fast Reactor (LFR), Gas Fast Reactor (GFR), Super Critical Water Reactor (SCWR) and Molten Salt Reactor (MSR). This article presents a short review of the technology of the mentioned concepts and details the current state of the main national and international related projects. (author)

  15. Status of Fast Reactor Research and Technology Development

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    In 1985, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) published a report titled 'Status of Liquid Metal Cooled Fast Breeder Reactors' (Technical Reports Series No. 246). The report was a general review of the status of fast reactor development at that time, covering some aspects of design and operation and reviewing experience from the earliest days. It summarized the programmes and plans in all countries which were pursuing the development of fast reactors. In 1999, the IAEA published a follow-up report titled 'Status of Liquid Metal Cooled Fast Reactor Technology' (IAEA-TECDOC-1083), necessitated by the substantial advances in fast reactor technology development and changes in the economic and regulatory environment which took place during the period of 1985-1998. Chief among these were the demonstration of reliable operation by several prototypes and experimental reactors, the reliable operation of fuel at a high burnup and the launch of new fast reactor programmes by some additional Member States. In 2006, the Technical Working Group on Fast Reactors (TWG-FR) identified the need to update its past publications and recommended the preparation of a new status report on fast reactor technology. The present status report intends to provide comprehensive and detailed information on the technology of fast neutron reactors. The focus is on practical issues that are useful to engineers, scientists, managers, university students and professors, on the following topics: experience in construction, operation and decommissioning; various areas of research and development; engineering; safety; and national strategies and public acceptance of fast reactors.

  16. A review of the UK fast reactor programme, March 1979

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    The Status report of the UK activities related to fast-breeder reactor activities includes the following: summary of the operating experience of the prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) during 1978; design studies of the commercial demonstration fast reactor (CDFR); design studies of later advanced LMFBR; engineering developments of high temperature sodium loop, steam generators and instrumentation; materials development; corrosion problems; sodium technology; fuel elements development; PFR fuel reprocessing; safety issues molten fuel-coolant interaction; core structure test; accident analysis; reactor performance studies; experimental reactor physics; fuel management and general neutronics calculation for CDFR; reactor instruments

  17. Fuel systems for compact fast space reactors

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    About 200 refractory metal clad ceramic fuel pins have been irradiated in thermal reactors under the 1200 K to 1550 K cladding temperature conditions of primary relevance to space reactors. This paper reviews performance with respect to fissile atom density, operating temperatures, fuel swelling, fission gas release, fuel-cladding compatibility, and consequences of failure. It was concluded that UO2 and UN fuels show approximately equal performance potential and that UC fuel has lesser potential. W/Re alloys have performed quite well as cladding materials, and Ta, Nb, and Mo/Re alloys, in conjunction with W diffusion barriers, show good promise. Significant issues to be addressed in the future include high burnup swelling of UN, effects of UO2-Li coolant reaction in the event of fuel pin failure, and development of an irradiation performance data base with prototypically configured fuel pins irradiated in a fast neutron flux

  18. Fast reactor technology innovation and visualization

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    Innovations in safety, operations, and maintenance for improving the availability, reliability, and capital cost of the sodium fast reactor are described. Concerning safety these innovations deal with on-line limiting safety settings, inherent core protection, detection of subassembly coolant mis-allocation. Concerning reactor operations these innovations deal with advanced energy conversion, adapting non-base load nuclear plants and on-line diagnostics. Other innovations concern inspection, servicing, refueling. The development of these innovations rely on visualization technology for their use and for demonstration of improvements achievable. A visualization platform for running these innovations and the nuclear plant thermal-hydraulic, structure, and process codes that underlie them are described. The platform hardware consists of a large-scale tiled display and a haptic hand-controller and in the future will grow to include a high-speed network and multiple graphics-client systems

  19. IAEA Technical Meeting on Innovative Heat Exchanger and Steam Generator Designs for Fast Reactors. Presentations

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    The fast reactor, which can generate electricity and breed additional fissile material for future fuel stocks, is a resource that will be needed when economic uranium supplies for the thermal reactors diminish. Further, the fast-fission fuel cycle in which material is recycled (a basic requirement to meet sustainability criteria) offers the flexibility needed to contribute decisively towards solving the problem of growing “spent” fuel inventories by greatly reducing the volume, the heat load and the radiotoxic inventory of high-level wastes that must be disposed of in long-term geological repositories. This is a waste management option that will play an increasingly important role in the future, and help to ensure that nuclear energy remains a sustainable long-term option in the world’s overall energy mix. In recognition of the fast reactor’s importance for the sustainability of the nuclear option, currently there is worldwide renewed interest in fast reactor technology development, as indicated, e.g., by the outcome of the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) technology review, which concluded with 3 out of 6 innovative systems to be fast reactors (gas cooled fast reactor, sodium cooled fast reactor, and heavy liquid metal cooled fast reactor), plus a potential fast core for a 4th concept, the super-critical water reactor. Currently, fast reactor construction projects are ongoing in India (PFBR) and Russian Federation (BN-800), whilst in China the first experimental fast reactor (CEFR) is in the commissioning phase. Fast reactor programs are also carried out in Europe (in particular in France), Japan, Republic of Korea and the USA. The most important challenges for fast reactors are in the areas of cost competitiveness with respect to LWRs and other energy sources, enhanced safety, non-proliferation, and public acceptance. With the exception of this latter, these translate into technology development challenges, i.e. the development of advanced reactor

  20. Actinide management with commercial fast reactors

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    The capability of plutonium-breeding and minor-actinide (MA) transmutation in the Japanese commercial sodium-cooled fast reactor offers one of practical solutions for obtaining sustainable energy resources as well as reducing radioactive toxicity and inventory. The reference core design meets the requirement of flexible breeding ratio from 1.03 to 1.2. The MA transmutation amount has been evaluated as 50-100 kg/GWey if the MA content in fresh fuel is 3-5 wt%, where about 30-40% of initial MA can be transmuted in the discharged fuel

  1. Actinide management with commercial fast reactors

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    Ohki, Shigeo

    2015-12-01

    The capability of plutonium-breeding and minor-actinide (MA) transmutation in the Japanese commercial sodium-cooled fast reactor offers one of practical solutions for obtaining sustainable energy resources as well as reducing radioactive toxicity and inventory. The reference core design meets the requirement of flexible breeding ratio from 1.03 to 1.2. The MA transmutation amount has been evaluated as 50-100 kg/GWey if the MA content in fresh fuel is 3-5 wt%, where about 30-40% of initial MA can be transmuted in the discharged fuel.

  2. The Argentine-Brazilian fast reactor programme

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    This paper summarizes the Argentine-Brazilian Fast Reactor Programme and gives reasons for the decision of a binational venture. The work carried out by both countries is described, showing how they complement each other, with the corresponding saving of resources. The main objectives of the Programme and tentative schedules in three progressing integrating stages are given and the present nuclear know-how in each country is identified as a good starting point. The paper also gives some details regarding the economical and human resources involved. (author). 1 graph

  3. Actinide management with commercial fast reactors

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    Ohki, Shigeo [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 4002, Narita-cho, O-arai-machi, Higashi-Ibaraki-gun, Ibaraki 311-1393 (Japan)

    2015-12-31

    The capability of plutonium-breeding and minor-actinide (MA) transmutation in the Japanese commercial sodium-cooled fast reactor offers one of practical solutions for obtaining sustainable energy resources as well as reducing radioactive toxicity and inventory. The reference core design meets the requirement of flexible breeding ratio from 1.03 to 1.2. The MA transmutation amount has been evaluated as 50-100 kg/GW{sub e}y if the MA content in fresh fuel is 3-5 wt%, where about 30-40% of initial MA can be transmuted in the discharged fuel.

  4. Fast reactors and advanced light water reactors for sustainable development

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    Complete text of publication follows: The importance of nuclear energy, as a realistic option to solve the issues of the depletion of energy resources and the global environment, has been re-acknowledged worldwide. In response to this international movement, the papers compiling the most recent findings in the fields of fast reactors (FR) and advanced light water reactors (LWR) were gathered and published in this special issue. This special issue compiles six articles, most of which are very meticulously performed studies of the multi year development of design and assessment methods for large sodium-cooled FRs (SFRs), and two are related to the fuel cycle options that are leading to a greater understanding on the efficient utilization of energy resources. The Japanese sodium-cooled fast reactor (JSFR) is addressed in two manuscripts. H. Yamano et al. reviewed the current design which adopts a number of innovative technologies in order to achieve economic competitiveness, enhanced reliability, and safety. Their safety assessments of both design basis accidents and severe accidents indicate that the devised JSFR satisfies well their risk target. T. Takeda et al. discussed the improvement of the modeling accuracy for the detailed calculation of JSFR's features in three areas: neutronics, fuel materials, and thermal hydraulics. The verification studies which partly use the measured data from the prototype FBR Monju are also described. Two of these manuscripts deal with those aspects of advanced design of SFR that have hitherto not been explored in great depth. The paper by G. Palmiotti et al. explored the possibility of using the sensitivity methodologies in the reactor physics field. A review of the methods used is provided, and several examples illustrate the success of the methodology in reactor physics. A new application as the improvement of nuclear basic parameters using integral experiments is also described. F. Baque et al. reviewed the evolution of the in

  5. Status of liquid metal cooled fast reactor technology

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    During the period 1985-1998, there have been substantial advances in fast reactor technology development. Chief among these has been the demonstration of reliable operation by several prototypes and experimental reactors, the reliable operation of fuel at high burnup. At the IAEA meetings on liquid metal cooled fast reactor technology (LMFR), it became evident that there have been significant technological advances as well as changes in the economic and regulatory environment since 1985. Therefore the International working group on Fast Reactors has recommended the preparation of a new status report on fast reactors. The present report intends to provide comprehensive and detailed information on LMFR technology. The focus is on practical issues that are useful to engineers, scientists, managers, university students and professors, on the following topics: experience in construction and operation, reactor physics and safety, sore structural material and fuel technology, fast reactor engineering and activities in progress on LMFR plants

  6. Research activities on fast reactors in Switzerland

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    The current domestic Swiss electricity supply is primarily based on hydro power (approximately 61%) and nuclear power (about 37%). The contribution of fossil systems is, consequently, minimal (the remaining 2%). In addition, long-term (but limited in time) contracts exist, securing imports of electricity of nuclear origin from France. During the last two years, the electricity consumption has been almost stagnant, although the 80s recorded an average annual increase rate of 2.7%. The future development of the electricity demand is a complex function of several factors with possibly competing effects, like increased efficiency of applications, changes in the industrial structure of the country, increase of population, further automation of industrial processes and services. Due to decommissioning of the currently operating nuclear power plants and expiration of long-term electricity import contracts there will eventually open a gap between the postulated electricity demand and the base supply. The assumed projected demand cases, high and low, as well as the secured yearly electric energy supply are shown. The physics aspects of plutonium burning fast reactor configurations are described including first results of the CIRANO experimental program. Swiss research related to residual heat removal in fast breeder reactors is presented. It consists of experimental ana analytic investigations on the mixing between two horizontal fluid layers of different velocities and temperatures. Development of suitable computer codes for mixing layer calculation are aimed to accurately predict the flow and temperature distribution in the pools. A satisfactory codes validation based on experimental data should be done

  7. PLUTONIUM METALLIC FUELS FOR FAST REACTORS

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    Early interest in metallic plutonium fuels for fast reactors led to much research on plutonium alloy systems including binary solid solutions with the addition of aluminum, gallium, or zirconium and low-melting eutectic alloys with iron and nickel or cobalt. There was also interest in ternaries of these elements with plutonium and cerium. The solid solution and eutectic alloys have most unusual properties, including negative thermal expansion in some solid-solution alloys and the highest viscosity known for liquid metals in the Pu-Fe system. Although metallic fuels have many potential advantages over ceramic fuels, the early attempts were unsuccessful because these fuels suffered from high swelling rates during burn up and high smearing densities. The liquid metal fuels experienced excessive corrosion. Subsequent work on higher-melting U-PuZr metallic fuels was much more promising. In light of the recent rebirth of interest in fast reactors, we review some of the key properties of the early fuels and discuss the challenges presented by the ternary alloys.

  8. History of fast reactor fuel development

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    Kittel, J. H.; Frost, B. R. T.; Mustelier, J. P.; Bagley, K. Q.; Crittenden, G. C.; Van Dievoet, J.

    1993-09-01

    The first fast breeder reactors, constructed in the 1945-1960 time period, used metallic fuels composed of uranium, plutonium, or their alloys. They were chosen because most existing reactor operating experience had been obtained on metallic fuels and because they provided the highest breeding ratios. Difficulties in obtaining adequate dimensional stability in metallic fuel elements under conditions of high fuel burnup led in the 1960s to the virtual worldwide choice of ceramic fuels. Although ceramic fuels provide lower breeding performance, this objective is no longer an important consideration in most national programs. Mixed uranium and plutonium dioxide became the ceramic fuel that has received the widest use. The more advanced ceramic fuels, mixed uranium and plutonium carbides and nitrides, continue under development. More recently, metal fuel elements of improved design have joined ceramic fuels in achieving goal burnups of 15 to 20 percent. Low-swelling fuel cladding alloys have also been continuously developed to deal with the unexpected problem of void formation in stainless steels subjected to fast neutron irradiation, a phenomenon first observed in the 1960s.

  9. Technical committee meeting on evaluation of radioactive materials release and sodium fires in fast reactors

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    The objectives of the Technical Committee Meeting was to review the activities of research on radioactive materials release and sodium fires in fast reactors in each of the participating countries. It covered: out-of-pile experiments and analysis codes on source term; in-pile experiments on source term; core disruptive accidents; sodium leak experience in liquid metal fast reactors; evaluation of sodium fire; and aerosol behaviour

  10. State of the art and prospects of fast neutron reactors

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    Zrodnikov, A.V.; Mittenkov, F.M.; Poplavsky, V.M.; Kiryushin, A.I. [Physics and Power Eng. Inst., Obninsk (Russian Federation). State Sci. Centre

    1997-10-01

    On the basis of experience of fast reactor design, construction and operation gained in Russia, this paper outlines their state of the art. The high maturity and efficiency of this type of nuclear power development in Russia and the equalization of the economic characteristics of thermal and fast reactors is shown, as well as the expediency of improvement of nuclear power environmental characteristics owing to fast reactors incorporation. (orig.) 7 refs.

  11. Sodium fast reactor gaps analysis of computer codes and models for accident analysis and reactor safety.

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    Carbajo, Juan (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN); Jeong, Hae-Yong (Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon, Korea); Wigeland, Roald (Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID); Corradini, Michael (University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI); Schmidt, Rodney Cannon; Thomas, Justin (Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL); Wei, Tom (Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL); Sofu, Tanju (Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL); Ludewig, Hans (Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY); Tobita, Yoshiharu (Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Ibaraki-ken, Japan); Ohshima, Hiroyuki (Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Ibaraki-ken, Japan); Serre, Frederic (Centre d' %C3%94etudes nucl%C3%94eaires de Cadarache %3CU%2B2013%3E CEA, France)

    2011-06-01

    This report summarizes the results of an expert-opinion elicitation activity designed to qualitatively assess the status and capabilities of currently available computer codes and models for accident analysis and reactor safety calculations of advanced sodium fast reactors, and identify important gaps. The twelve-member panel consisted of representatives from five U.S. National Laboratories (SNL, ANL, INL, ORNL, and BNL), the University of Wisconsin, the KAERI, the JAEA, and the CEA. The major portion of this elicitation activity occurred during a two-day meeting held on Aug. 10-11, 2010 at Argonne National Laboratory. There were two primary objectives of this work: (1) Identify computer codes currently available for SFR accident analysis and reactor safety calculations; and (2) Assess the status and capability of current US computer codes to adequately model the required accident scenarios and associated phenomena, and identify important gaps. During the review, panel members identified over 60 computer codes that are currently available in the international community to perform different aspects of SFR safety analysis for various event scenarios and accident categories. A brief description of each of these codes together with references (when available) is provided. An adaptation of the Predictive Capability Maturity Model (PCMM) for computational modeling and simulation is described for use in this work. The panel's assessment of the available US codes is presented in the form of nine tables, organized into groups of three for each of three risk categories considered: anticipated operational occurrences (AOOs), design basis accidents (DBA), and beyond design basis accidents (BDBA). A set of summary conclusions are drawn from the results obtained. At the highest level, the panel judged that current US code capabilities are adequate for licensing given reasonable margins, but expressed concern that US code development activities had stagnated and that the

  12. Status of National Programmes on Fast Breeder Reactors. International Working Group on Fast Reactors Twenty-First Annual Meeting, Seattle, USA, 9-12 May 1988

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    The following papers on the status of national programmes on fast breeder reactors are presented in this report: Fast breeder reactor development in France during 1987; Status of fast breeder reactor development in the Federal Republic of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands; A review of the Indian fast reactor programme; A review of the Italian fast reactor programme; A review of the fast reactor programme in Japan; Status of fast reactor activities in the USSR; A review of the United Kingdom fast reactor programme; Status of liquid metal reactor development in the United States of America; Review of activities of the Commission of European Communities relating to fast reactors in 1987; European co-operation in the field of fast reactor research and development — 1987 progress report; A review of fast reactor activities in Switzerland

  13. LFR "Lead-Cooled Fast Reactor"

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    Cinotti, L; Fazio, C; Knebel, J; Monti, S; Abderrahim, H A; Smith, C; Suh, K

    2006-05-11

    The main purpose of this paper is to present the current status of development of the Lead-cooled Fast Reactor (LFR) in Generation IV (GEN IV), including the European contribution, to identify needed R&D and to present the corresponding GEN IV International Forum (GIF) R&D plan [1] to support the future development and deployment of lead-cooled fast reactors. The approach of the GIF plan is to consider the research priorities of each member country in proposing an integrated, coordinated R&D program to achieve common objectives, while avoiding duplication of effort. The integrated plan recognizes two principal technology tracks: (1) a small, transportable system of 10-100 MWe size that features a very long refuelling interval, and (2) a larger-sized system rated at about 600 MWe, intended for central station power generation. This paper provides some details of the important European contributions to the development of the LFR. Sixteen European organizations have, in fact, taken the initiative to present to the European Commission the proposal for a Specific Targeted Research and Training Project (STREP) devoted to the development of a European Lead-cooled System, known as the ELSY project; two additional organizations from the US and Korea have joined the project. Consequently, ELSY will constitute the reference system for the large lead-cooled reactor of GEN IV. The ELSY project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of designing a competitive and safe fast power reactor based on simple technical engineered features that achieves all of the GEN IV goals and gives assurance of investment protection. As far as new technology development is concerned, only a limited amount of R&D will be conducted in the initial phase of the ELSY project since the first priority is to define the design guidelines before launching a larger and expensive specific R&D program. In addition, the ELSY project is expected to benefit greatly from ongoing lead and lead-alloy technology

  14. Review of fast reactor activities at OECD (NEA), March 1979

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    In February 1978, OECD(NEA) published an expert group report on 'Nuclear Fuel Cycle Requirements and Supply Considerations, Through the Long Term'. In publishing this report, the Agency sought to fulfil three objectives. First, as a source of data on uranium and fuel cycle services, the report identified future imbalances between supply and demand, and possible areas for international cooperation in the resolution of such problems. Secondly, in examining several alternative nuclear power scenarios through the long term (defined as the year 2025), it showed the comparative needs of advanced reactors for uranium and for supporting services, thereby establishing the basis for further development of uranium resources and specific reactor systems. Finally, as a comprehensive data source, it should provide assistance to those having responsibilities in planning, forecasting, and programme management in areas relating to the fuel cycle. An analysis of alternative reactor strategies in the longer term makes it clear that continued reliance on thermal converters in this period will result in rapid depletion of known uranium resources. Even with dramatic increases in known resources, nuclear power would be able to play only a temporary role in satisfying world energy needs. The use of advanced near-breeders (including those which utilise thorium) can do much to reduce the total rate of depletion of uranium resources, but their requirements will still result in eventual depletion of known resources. On the other hand, breeder reactors would provide a virtually inexhaustible source of energy supply within foreseeable extensions of known uranium resources. In fact, the introduction of breeders in the longer term could, by the year 2025, reduce annual requirements for uranium at or below levels for the year 2000. By the year 2025, the cumulative uranium requirements of the breeder can have reached a plateau, while the cumulative requirements of other reactor strategies would

  15. Indian fast reactor technology: Current status and future programme

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    S C Chetal; P Chellapandi

    2013-10-01

    The paper brings out the advantages of fast breeder reactor and importance of developing closed nuclear fuel cycle for the large scale energy production, which is followed by its salient safety features. Further, the current status and future strategy of the fast reactor programme since the inception through 40 MWt/13 MWe Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR), is highlighted. The challenges and achievements in science and technology of FBRs focusing on safety are described with the particular reference to 500 MWe capacity Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR), being commissioned at Kalpakkam. Roadmap with comprehensive R&D for the large scale deployment of Sodium Cooled Fast Reactor (SFRs) and timely introduction of metallic fuel reactors with emphasis on breeding gain and enhanced safety are being brought out in this paper.

  16. A review of the Italian fast reactor programme, March 1979

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    Year 1978 in Italy was marked by a standstill in the nuclear energy field. The decisions previously made for the installation of eight 1000 MWe LWR-type reactors could not be acted upon because of the opposition of local authorities and lack of Government power. The construction site at Montalto di Castro (two BWR reactors) was ope ned with difficulty, whereas the decision to install a plant in Mo use equipped with two PWR reactor was postponed. The new presidents of ENEL and CNEN were appointed in January this year and the appointments of the new Boards of Directors are underway. With regard to CNEN, many political bodies are in agreement on an institutional change which would widen field of activity to include new energy sources, solar energy in particular. This will open a big problem: if CNEN will be no more a 'nuclear body, it could be necessary to transfer all the activities connected to the Regulatory Commission to another separate body to be instituted. In this context, the fast reactor programme has continued to develop under the directives of CIPE, and has concentrated its effort on the following three objectives: the PEC-Reactor, the Creys-Malville Power Plant and research and development, and industrial promotion. These objectives are being pursued with the participation of CNEN, ENEL and Italian industry. CNEN has the role of committing and operating the PEC reactor; it is also charged to perform part of the R and D Italian-French programme and to promote industrial development. ENEL participates in the NERSA Company, owner of the Creys-Malville Plant. Italian industry, with its activities of architect-engineering, designing and manufacturing will participate in the construction of the PEC and of the Italian part (33%) of the Creys-Malville Plant. During the last months of 1978 a consortium (COREY) was set up by CNEN and NIRA which has the purpose of integrating and ensuring the smooth running of Italian efforts in the field of long-term research and

  17. Sodium technology for fast breeder reactors

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    Sodium, because of its good heat transfer and nuclear properties, is used as a coolant in fast reactors. It is also used largely as a reducing agent in pharmaceutical, perfumery and general chemical industries. Its affinity to react with air and water is a strong disadvantage. However, this is fully understood and the design of engineering systems take care of this aspect. With several experimental and test facilities established over the years in this country as well as abroad, the 'sodium technology' has reached a level of maturity. The design of sodium systems considering all the physical and chemical properties and the developmental work carried out at Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research are broadly covered in this report. (author)

  18. Trial visualization of fast reactor design knowledge

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    In design problems of large-scale systems like fast breeder reactors, inter-relations among design specifications are very important where a selected specification option is transferred to other specification selections as a premise to be taken account in engineering judgments. These inter-relations are also important in design case studies with the hypothetical adoption of rejected design options for the evaluation of deviation propagations among design specifications. Some of these rejected options have potential worth for future reconsideration by some circumstance changes (e.g., advanced simulations to exclude needs for mock-up tests, etc.), to contribute to flexibility in system designs. In this study, a computer software is built to visualize a design problem structure by representing engineering knowledge nodes on individual specification selections along with inter-relations of design specifications, to validate the knowledge representation method and to derive open problems. (author)

  19. Fast Reactor Fuel Development in Japan

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    The future fast reactor and its fuel cycle system under development in Japan uses oxide fuel with simplified pelletizing fuel fabrication technology as a reference concept. Its driver fuel consists of large diameter annular fuel pellets, oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steel cladding fuel pins with a ferritic-martensitic steel subassembly wrapper tube and minoractinide- bearing oxide fuel. The target burnup of the driver fuel is 150 GW.d/t in discharge average, which corresponds to 250 GW.d/t of peak burnup and 250 dpa of peak neutron dose. Fuel developmental efforts, including out-of-pile studies such as material characteristics experimental evaluation and fuel property measurements, various irradiation tests and fuel fabrication technology developments were planned and are in progress. Future fuels will be realized through Joyo irradiation tests and Monju demonstrations. International collaborative efforts are also an important part of such activities. (author)

  20. Safeguards in Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor Monju

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    The assemblies loaded in the core and stored in the ex-vessel storage tank (EVST) are in liquid sodium in the Japanese prototype fast breeder reactor (FBR) Monju. Since it is difficult to apply a direct verification procedure for the fuel assemblies in these areas, a dual containment and surveillance system consisting of two monitoring devices such as surveillance camera and radiation monitor that are functionally independent has been applied. In addition, the Monju Remote Monitoring System was developed to strengthen the continuous surveillance and to reduce the load of the inspection activities. Furthermore, the ex-vessel transfer machine radiation monitor (EVRM) and the exit gate monitor (EXGM) were upgraded to strengthen the monitoring of spent blanket fuel assemblies and to improve the reliability of distinguishing between fuel assemblies and non-fuel items. As the result, the integrated safeguards was introduced in November 2009, and the effective safeguards activities have been implemented in Monju. (author)

  1. Methane reforming with fast nuclear reactor steam

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    The paper considers the concept of utilizing nuclear fast reactor (FR) with a sodium coolant for methane steam reforming. Steam conditions of a power FR, e.g. the BN-600 now operating in Russia: steam pressure P=13.2 MPa and steam temperature T=500degC, do not absolutely comply with the catalytic reactor working parameters, which produces a synthetic gas (syngas), a mix of hydrogen and carbon oxide. In this connection, the present paper addresses a possibility of utilizing steam produced in one of three independent the BN-600 loops in an amount of 640 t/h for preparing a gas-steam mixture with T=500degC and its additional heating in a converter up to the operating temperature, T=850degC, at the expense of natural gas burning or electrical energy supplying. In this case, the fraction of burned natural gas burning or electrical energy supplying. In this case, the fraction of burned natural gas significantly decreases. It is estimated that steam parameters of the BN-600 afford to obtain ∼3·105 nm3/h of hydrogen. It is also considered a concept of nuclear heat transfer to remote regions to be achieved with the aid of syngas incoming from the converter, its cooling further and transmitting through a pipeline to the place of its utilization, where it is restored into methane with the heat extraction. (author)

  2. Technological problems in the use of research fast reactors for radiotherapy of patients with malignant tumors

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    The authors discuss the technological problems associated with the use of fast neutrons in radiotherapy of cancer patients and outline the approaches to the solution of these problems. The state of the art is assessed. Physical and radiobiologial prerequisites for the use of fast reactors for radiotherapy of patients with malignant tumors are analyzed. Results of clinic used of BR-10 reactor at the Medical Radiology Research Center, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, are presented. Experimental and clinical findings indicate that the results of radiotherapy may be appreaciably improved if a novel perspective source of fast neutrons, a nuclear reactor, is used

  3. Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor (GFR) FY05 Annual Report

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    K. D. Weaver; T. Marshall; T. Totemeier; J. Gan; E.E. Feldman; E.A Hoffman; R.F. Kulak; I.U. Therios; C. P. Tzanos; T.Y.C. Wei; L-Y. Cheng; H. Ludewig; J. Jo; R. Nanstad; W. Corwin; V. G. Krishnardula; W. F. Gale; J. W. Fergus; P. Sabharwall; T. Allen

    2005-09-01

    The gas-cooled fast reactor (GFR) was chosen as one of the Generation IV nuclear reactor systems to be developed based on its excellent potential for sustainability through reduction of the volume and radio toxicity of both its own fuel and other spent nuclear fuel, and for extending/utilizing uranium resources orders of magnitude beyond what the current open fuel cycle can realize. In addition, energy conversion at high thermal efficiency is possible with the current designs being considered, thus increasing the economic benefit of the GFR. However, research and development challenges include the ability to use passive decay heat removal systems during accident conditions, survivability of fuels and in-core materials under extreme temperatures and radiation, and economical and efficient fuel cycle processes. Nevertheless, the GFR was chosen as one of only six Generation IV systems to be pursued based on its ability to meet the Generation IV goals in sustainability, economics, safety and reliability, proliferation resistance and physical protection. Current research and development on the Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor (GFR) has focused on the design of safety systems that will remove the decay heat during accident conditions, ion irradiations of candidate ceramic materials, joining studies of oxide dispersion strengthened alloys; and within the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI) the fabrication of carbide fuels and ceramic fuel matrix materials, development of non-halide precursor low density and high density ceramic coatings, and neutron irradiation of candidate ceramic fuel matrix and metallic materials. The vast majority of this work has focused on the reference design for the GFR: a helium-cooled, direct power conversion system that will operate with on outlet temperature of 850 C at 7 MPa. In addition to the work being performed in the United States, seven international partners under the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) have identified their interest in

  4. Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor (GFR) FY05 Annual Report

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    The gas-cooled fast reactor (GFR) was chosen as one of the Generation IV nuclear reactor systems to be developed based on its excellent potential for sustainability through reduction of the volume and radio toxicity of both its own fuel and other spent nuclear fuel, and for extending/utilizing uranium resources orders of magnitude beyond what the current open fuel cycle can realize. In addition, energy conversion at high thermal efficiency is possible with the current designs being considered, thus increasing the economic benefit of the GFR. However, research and development challenges include the ability to use passive decay heat removal systems during accident conditions, survivability of fuels and in-core materials under extreme temperatures and radiation, and economical and efficient fuel cycle processes. Nevertheless, the GFR was chosen as one of only six Generation IV systems to be pursued based on its ability to meet the Generation IV goals in sustainability, economics, safety and reliability, proliferation resistance and physical protection. Current research and development on the Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor (GFR) has focused on the design of safety systems that will remove the decay heat during accident conditions, ion irradiations of candidate ceramic materials, joining studies of oxide dispersion strengthened alloys; and within the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI) the fabrication of carbide fuels and ceramic fuel matrix materials, development of non-halide precursor low density and high density ceramic coatings, and neutron irradiation of candidate ceramic fuel matrix and metallic materials. The vast majority of this work has focused on the reference design for the GFR: a helium-cooled, direct power conversion system that will operate with on outlet temperature of 850 C at 7 MPa. In addition to the work being performed in the United States, seven international partners under the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) have identified their interest in

  5. A review of fast reactor progress in Japan

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    The fast reactor development project in Japan is continuing at a slightly increased scale of effort in budget. The total budget for LMFBR development for fiscal year 1978 was 24 billion yen. In August 1977 major industries engaged in LMFBR have set up an office where design work can be jointly conducted. Highlights and topics of the fast reactor development activities cover description of JOYO reactor, its first criticality experiment, and the prototype fast breeder MONJU. Research and development programmes dealt with fission products release and its possible interaction with the soodium coolant, inspection of reactor components, experiments simulating sodium leakage, development of steam generator

  6. Implications of Fast Reactor Transuranic Conversion Ratio

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    Steven J. Piet; Edward A. Hoffman; Samuel E. Bays

    2010-11-01

    Theoretically, the transuranic conversion ratio (CR), i.e. the transuranic production divided by transuranic destruction, in a fast reactor can range from near zero to about 1.9, which is the average neutron yield from Pu239 minus 1. In practice, the possible range will be somewhat less. We have studied the implications of transuranic conversion ratio of 0.0 to 1.7 using the fresh and discharge fuel compositions calculated elsewhere. The corresponding fissile breeding ratio ranges from 0.2 to 1.6. The cases below CR=1 (“burners”) do not have blankets; the cases above CR=1 (“breeders”) have breeding blankets. The burnup was allowed to float while holding the maximum fluence to the cladding constant. We graph the fuel burnup and composition change. As a function of transuranic conversion ratio, we calculate and graph the heat, gamma, and neutron emission of fresh fuel; whether the material is “attractive” for direct weapon use using published criteria; the uranium utilization and rate of consumption of natural uranium; and the long-term radiotoxicity after fuel discharge. For context, other cases and analyses are included, primarily once-through light water reactor (LWR) uranium oxide fuel at 51 MWth-day/kg-iHM burnup (UOX-51). For CR<1, the heat, gamma, and neutron emission increase as material is recycled. The uranium utilization is at or below 1%, just as it is in thermal reactors as both types of reactors require continuing fissile support. For CR>1, heat, gamma, and neutron emission decrease with recycling. The uranium utilization exceeds 1%, especially as all the transuranic elements are recycled. exceeds 1%, especially as all the transuranic elements are recycled. At the system equilibrium, heat and gamma vary by somewhat over an order of magnitude as a function of CR. Isotopes that dominate heat and gamma emission are scattered throughout the actinide chain, so the modest impact of CR is unsurprising. Neutron emitters are preferentially found

  7. Development of studies on helium cooled fast reactors

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    A necessity is shown of developing breeders with high reproductive properties. Helium cooled fast reactor is considered. The reactor performances, heating circuit with the use of a steam turbine unit in the secondary circuit is outlined. The reactor design and fuel assemblies are described

  8. STAR: The Secure Transportable Autonomous Reactor System - Encapsulated Fission Heat Source

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    Ehud Greenspan

    2003-10-31

    OAK-B135 The Encapsulated Nuclear Heat Source (ENHS) is a novel 125 MWth fast spectrum reactor concept that was selected by the 1999 DOE NERI program as a candidate ''Generation-IV'' reactor. It uses Pb-Bi or other liquid-metal coolant and is intended to be factory manufactured in large numbers to be economically competitive. It is anticipated to be most useful to developing countries. The US team studying the feasibility of the ENHS reactor concept consisted of the University of California, Berkeley, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Westinghouse. Collaborating with the US team were three Korean organizations: Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), Korean Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST) and the University of Seoul, as well as the Central Research Institute of the Electrical Power Industry (CRIEPI) of Japan. Unique features of the ENHS include at least 20 years of operation without refueling; no fuel handling in the host country; no pumps and valves; excess reactivity does not exceed 1$; fully passive removal of the decay heat; very small probability of core damaging accidents; autonomous operation and capability of load-following over a wide range; very long plant life. In addition it offers a close match between demand and supply, large tolerance to human errors, is likely to get public acceptance via demonstration of superb safety, lack of need for offsite response, and very good proliferation resistance. The ENHS reactor is designed to meet the requirements of Generation IV reactors including sustainable energy supply, low waste, high level of proliferation resistance, high level of safety and reliability, acceptable risk to capital and, hopefully, also competitive busbar cost of electricity.

  9. Materials science research for sodium cooled fast reactors

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    Baldev Raj

    2009-06-01

    The paper gives an insight into basic as well as applied research being carried out at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research for the development of advanced materials for sodium cooled fast reactors towards extending the life of reactors to nearly 100 years and the burnup of fuel to 2,00,000 MWd/t with an objective of providing fast reactor electricity at an affordable and competitive price.

  10. Status of fast breeder reactor development in the United States

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    The energy policy of the United States is aimed at shifting as rapidly as practicable from an oil dependent economy to one that relies heavily on other fuels and energy sources. Nuclear power Is now and is expected to continue to be an important factor in achieving this goal. If nuclear power is to contribute to a solution of future energy needs, demonstration of the breeder reactor as a viable source of essentially inexhaustible energy supply is essential. The US DOE program for development of the fast breeder reactor has witnessed some notable events in the past year. Foremost among these Is the successful operational testing of the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF), located at.the Hanford Engineering Development Laboratory. The reactor reached full design power of 400 MW(t) on December 21, 1980, and has performed remarkably close to design specifications. Design of the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant (CRBRP), a 375 MW(e) LMFBR, is now over 80 percent complete. About $530 million in components have been ordered; component deliveries total approximately $124 million; work-in-process totals another $204 million. Construction of the plant, however, has been suspended since 1977. With the concurrence of the U.S. Congress and approvals from the appropriate authorities work on the safety review and site clearing for construction can resume. The Conceptual Design Study for a large, 1000 MW(e) LMFBR Large Developmental Plant was recently completed on a schedule commensurate with submission of a full report to the Congress at the end of March, 1981. This report is the culmination of a study which began in October, 1978 and involved contributions from U.S. reactor manufacturers and US DOE laboratories. The US DOE is carrying forward a comprehensive technology development program. This effort provides direct support to the FFTF and CRBRP projects and to the LDP. It also supports technology development which is generic to the overall LMFBR program. Funding for breeder

  11. A review of the U.K. fast reactor programme: March 1978

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    The review of the UK fast reactor programme covers the description of Dounreay Fast Reactor shut down after seventeen years of successful operation; description of prototype fast reactor (PFR); core design parameters safety features and plant design for commercial demonstration fast reactor (CDFR). Engineering development is related to large sodium rigs, coolant circuit hydraulics and vibration, instrumentation and components. The subjects of interest are material development, sodium technology, fast reactor fuel, fuel cycle, reactor safety, reactor performance studies

  12. The United States of America fast breeder reactor program

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    The reasons for the development of the fast breeder reactor in the United States are outlined, and the LMFBR program is discussed in detail, under the following headings: program objectives, reactor physics, fuel and materials development, fuel recycle, safety, components, plant experience program (Near Commercial Breeder Reactor). The special facilities to be used at each stage of the program are described. It is planned that the Near Commercial Breeder Reactor will be complete in 1986, and commercial plants should follow in rapid succession. An alternate fast reactor concept (Gas Cooled Fast Reactor) is outlined. The Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed program is summarized, and the cost benefit analysis supplied as part of the Environment Statement is also summarized. (U.K.)

  13. Code system for fast reactor neutronics analysis

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    A code system for analysis of fast reactor neutronics has been developed for the purpose of handy use and error reduction. The JOINT code produces the input data file to be used in the neutronics calculation code and also prepares the cross section library file with an assigned format. The effective cross sections are saved in the PDS file with an unified format. At the present stage, this code system includes the following codes; SLAROM, ESELEM5, EXPANDA-G for the production of effective cross sections and CITATION-FBR, ANISN-JR, TWOTRAN2, PHENIX, 3DB, MORSE, CIPER and SNPERT. In the course of the development, some utility programs and service programs have been additionaly developed. These are used for access of PDS file, edit of the cross sections and graphic display. Included in this report are a description of input data format of the JOINT and other programs, and of the function of each subroutine and utility programs. The usage of PDS file is also explained. In Appendix A, the input formats are described for the revised version of the CIPER code. (author)

  14. Neutron spectrometer for fast nuclear reactors

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    Osipenko, M; Ricco, G; Caiffi, B; Pompili, F; Pillon, M; Angelone, M; Verona-Rinati, G; Cardarelli, R; Mila, G; Argiro, S

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we describe the development and first tests of a neutron spectrometer designed for high flux environments, such as the ones found in fast nuclear reactors. The spectrometer is based on the conversion of neutrons impinging on $^6$Li into $\\alpha$ and $t$ whose total energy comprises the initial neutron energy and the reaction $Q$-value. The $^6$LiF layer is sandwiched between two CVD diamond detectors, which measure the two reaction products in coincidence. The spectrometer was calibrated at two neutron energies in well known thermal and 3 MeV neutron fluxes. The measured neutron detection efficiency varies from 4.2$\\times 10^{-4}$ to 3.5$\\times 10^{-8}$ for thermal and 3 MeV neutrons, respectively. These values are in agreement with Geant4 simulations and close to simple estimates based on the knowledge of the $^6$Li(n,$\\alpha$)$t$ cross section. The energy resolution of the spectrometer was found to be better than 100 keV when using 5 m cables between the detector and the preamplifiers.

  15. Creep buckling problems in fast reactor components

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    Creep buckling analyses for two important components of 500 M We Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR), viz. Intermediate Heat Exchanger (IHX) and Inner Vessel (IV), are reported. The INCA code of CASTEM system is used for the large displacement elasto-plastic-creep analysis of IHX shell. As a first step, INCA is validated for a typical benchmark problem dealing with the creep buckling of a tube under external pressure. Prediction of INCA is also compared with the results obtained using Hoff's theory. For IV, considering the prohibitively high computational cost for the actual analysis, a simplified analysis which involves only large displacement elastoplastic buckling analysis is performed using isochronous stress strain curve approach. From both of these analysis is performed using isochronous stress strain curve approach. From both of these analysis, it has been inferred that creep buckling failure mode is not of great concern in the design of PFBR components. It has also been concluded from the analysis that Creep Cross Over Curve given in RCC-MR is applicable for creep buckling failure mode also. (author). 8 refs., 9 figs., 1 tab

  16. Immobilization of Fast Reactor First Cycle Raffinate

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    Langley, K. F.; Partridge, B. A.; Wise, M.

    2003-02-26

    This paper describes the results of work to bring forward the timing for the immobilization of first cycle raffinate from reprocessing fuel from the Dounreay Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR). First cycle raffinate is the liquor which contains > 99% of the fission products separated from spent fuel during reprocessing. Approximately 203 m3 of raffinate from the reprocessing of PFR fuel is held in four tanks at the UKAEA's site at Dounreay, Scotland. Two methods of immobilization of this high level waste (HLW) have been considered: vitrification and cementation. Vitrification is the standard industry practice for the immobilization of first cycle raffinate, and many papers have been presented on this technique elsewhere. However, cementation is potentially feasible for immobilizing first cycle raffinate because the heat output is an order of magnitude lower than typical HLW from commercial reprocessing operations such as that at the Sellafield site in Cumbria, England. In fact, it falls within the upper end of the UK definition of intermediate level waste (ILW). Although the decision on which immobilization technique will be employed has yet to be made, initial development work has been undertaken to identify a suitable cementation formulation using inactive simulant of the raffinate. An approach has been made to the waste disposal company Nirex to consider the disposability of the cemented product material. The paper concentrates on the process development work that is being undertaken on cementation to inform the decision making process for selection of the immobilization method.

  17. The effective lifetime and temperature coefficient in a coupled fast-thermal reactor

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    The theory of coupled systems was extensively developed by Avery and co-workers at the Argonne National Laboratory. One of the main points of interest in a coupled system is the larger effective lifetime of neutrons. The effect of the thermal component acts as a sort of neutron-delayer. As in the theory of delayed neutrons the delaying effect disappears if the reactivity worth is high enough to make the fast component critical by itself. In the study a coupled reactor is considered where the fast component suffers a sudden reactivity step α0. Because of the increasing power-level the temperature rises and two temperature coefficients start to work: the temperature coefficient of the fast component and the temperature coefficient of the thermal component. The problem is considered with one group of delayed neutrons (in the ordinary meaning). A formalism is given to express the effective lifetime and temperature coefficient during the different stages of the excursion. Excursions for different α0 are given so that the limit of fast-reactor kinetics is reached. (author)

  18. Mass tracking and material accounting in the Integral Fast Reactor (IFR)

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    The Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) is a generic advanced liquid metal cooled reactor concept being developed at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). There are a number of technical features of the IFR which contribute to its potential as a next-generation reactor. These are associated with large safety margins with regard to off-normal events involving the heat transport system, and the use of metallic fuel which makes possible the utilization of innovative fuel cycle processes. The latter feature permits fuel cycle closure the compact, low-cost reprocessing facilities, collocated with the reactor plant. These primary features are being demonstrated in the facilities at ANL-West, utilizing Experimental Breeder Reactor 2 and the associated Fuel Cycle Facility (FCF) as an IFR prototype. The demonstration of this IFR prototype includes the design and implementation of the Mass-Tracking System (MTG). In this system, data from the operations of the FCF, including weights and batch-process parameters, are collected and maintained by the MTG running on distributed workstations. The components of the MTG System include: (1) an Oracle database manager with a Fortran interface, (2) a set of MTG ''Tasks'' which collect, manipulate and report data, (3) a set of MTG ''Terminal Sessions'' which provide some interactive control of the Tasks, and (4) a set of servers which manage the Tasks and which provide the communications link between the MTG System and Operator Control Stations, which control process equipment and monitoring devices within the FCF

  19. Analysis of fast reactor scenario with different conversion ratios

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    Korean fast reactor scenarios have been analyzed for various kinds of conversion ratio by the DANESS system dynamic analysis code. The once-through fuel cycle analysis was modeled based on the Korean 'National Energy Basic Plan' up to 2030 and a postulated nuclear demand growth rate until 2150. The fast reactor scenario analysis has been performed for three kinds of conversion ratios such as 0.3, 0.61 and 1.0. Through the calculations, the nuclear reactor deployment scenario, front-end cycle, back-end cycle, and long-term heat load have been investigated. From the once-through results, it is shown that the nuclear power demand would be ∼70 GWe and the total amount of the spent fuel accumulated by 2150 would be ∼168000 t. Also, the fast reactor scenario analysis results show that the spent fuel inventory and out-pile transuranic element can be reduced by increasing the fast reactor conversion ratio. Furthermore, the long-term heat load of spent fuel decreases with increasing the conversion ratio. However, it is known that the deployment of a fast reactor of low conversion ratio does not much reduce the spent fuel and out-pile transuranic element inventory due to the fast reactor deployment limitation which is related to the availability of transuranic elements. (author)

  20. A review of fast reactor programme in Japan

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    The fast breeder reactor development project in Japan made progress in the past year, and will be continued in the next fiscal 1981. The scale of efforts both in budget and personnel will be similar to those in fiscal 1980. The budget for R and D works and for the construction of the fast breeder prototype reactor ''Monju'' will be approximately 20 billion yen and 27 billion yen, respectively, excluding the wage of the personnel concerned. The number of the technical personnel currently engaging in fast breeder reactor development in the Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corp. is about 530. As for the experimental fast reactor ''Joyo'', three operational cycles at 75 MWt have been completed in August, 1980, and the fourth cycle has started in March, 1981. As for the prototype reactor ''Monju'', progress was made toward the construction, and the environmental impact statement on the reactor was approved by the authorities concerned. The studies on the preliminary design of large LMFBRs have been made by the PNC and also by power companies. The design study carried out by the PNC is concerned with a 1000 MWe plant of loop type by extrapolating the technology to be developed by the time of the commissioning of ''Monju''. The highlights and topics in the development activities for fast breeder reactors in the past twelve months are summarized in this report. (Kako, I.)

  1. Integral physics data for fast-reactor design

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    Integral physics data for fast-reactor design. The recent compilation of the section on fast-reactor physics for the forthcoming second edition of 'Reactor Physics Constants' has necessitated a survey of the available experimental integral data. The choice of fast-reactor-physics integral data to be included in the compilation was based upon two criteria besides availability: (a) the data arise from relatively simple systems which lend themselves to simple theoretical analyses; and (b) complicated systems representing prototypes or mock-ups having general interest in terms of fast-power reactors. The first criterion was decided upon so as to list integral data for those systems of most general utility for the verification of cross-section parameters and calculational procedures. The second criterion is based upon presentation of current data on actual fast power breeder reactor systems. These are too complicated for simple theoretical analysis. They demonstrate the complexity of the actual reactor versus the more idealized and easily analysed critical experiment. Integral physics data for reactor design refer to measurements on reactor systems, critical or otherwise, of the various reactor physics quantities of practical and/or theoretical importance. These characterize and lead to an understanding of the system. The measurements are represented by critical mass, core shape factor, detector ratios, neutron spectra, material replacement experiments, reflector savings, neutron lifetime, Rossi-α, and similar quantities. These data are reviewed and the range of applicability is described. Limitations of experimental and analytical results are shown to exist in certain spectral and criticality analyses. Experimental and analytical investigations are suggested for future work. These will tend to narrow the gap between theory and experiment on 'known' systems. They also include investigations to 'firm up' the physics of large conceptual, fast power-breeder reactor

  2. Coupled hydro-neutronic calculations for fast burst reactor accidents

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    Methods are described for determining the fully coupled neutronic/hydrodynamic response of fast burst reactors (FBR) under disruptive accident conditions. Two code systems, PAD (1 -D Lagrangian) and NIKE-PAGOSA (3-D Eulerian) were used to accomplish this. This is in contrast to the typical methodology that computes these responses by either single point kinetics or in a decoupled manner. This methodology is enabled by the use of modem supercomputers (CM-200). Two examples of this capability are presented: an unreflected metal fast burst assembly, and a reflected fast burst assembly typical of the Skua or SPR-III class of fast burst reactor

  3. An option for the Brazilian nuclear project: necessity of fast breeder reactors and core design for an experimental fast reactor

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    Aiming to assure the continued utilization of fission energy, the development of fast breeder reactors (FBRs) is a necessity. Binary fueled LMFBRs are proposed, as the best type for the Brazilian nuclear system in the future. The inherent safety characteristics are superior to current fast breeder reactors and an efficient utilization of thorium can be realized. The construction and operation of an experimental fast reactor is the first step and a basic tool for the development of FBRs technologies. A serie of core design for an 90 MW FBR is studied and the possible options and sizes of the main parameters are identified. (E.G.)

  4. Recent progress of Gas Fast Reactor program

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    The GFR is considered by the French Atomic Energy Commission as a promising concept which combines the benefits of fast spectrum and high temperature, using helium as coolant. He properties are interesting with respect to safety: it is single phase (no threshold effect due to phase changing), chemically inert, and non toxic. It affords an optical transparency allowing potential improvements in temperature measurement, management for dismantling, and in-service-inspection. The voiding effect is limited, less than 1$, providing quasi- decoupling of the reactor physics from the state of the coolant. Nevertheless, Helium is a poor coolant, so that the GFR viability includes development of a refractory and dense fuel, and robust management of accidental transients, especially cooling accidents. GFR feasibility is essentially linked to three demonstrations: the feasibility (fabrication, thermo-mechanical behaviour) of a refractory fuel; the safety architecture with appropriate systems for the prevention and a robust mitigation of accidental scenarios (especially depressurization); economic competitiveness. The first one includes an experimental activity at the laboratory scale: completion of the results is expected by 2012-2015. The next step afterward will be the design, construction and the operation of a 50-100 MWth experimental reactor, the Allegro project (former ETDR), possibly as a European Joint Undertaking. The full paper will recall the 2007 design choices and it will give an overview of the progress performed so far regarding the safety architecture and the safety evaluation. The 2007 reference fuel technology is a ceramic plate type fuel element. It combines a high enough core power density (minimization of the Pu inventory), plutonium and minor actinides recycling capabilities. Innovative to many aspects, the fuel element is a key issue in the GFR feasibility. It is supported already by a significant R and D effort also applicable to a pin concept that is

  5. Review of fast reactor operating experience gained in 1998 in Russia. General trends of future fast reactor development

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    Review of the general state of nuclear power in Russia as for 1998 is given in brief in the paper. Results of operation of BR-10, BOR-60 and BN-600 fast reactors are presented as well as of scientific and technological escort of the BN-350 reactor. The paper outlines the current status and prospects of South-Urals and Beloyarskaya power unit projects with the BN-800 reactors. The main planned development trends on fast reactors are described concerning both new projects and R and D works. (author)

  6. New modelling method for fast reactor neutronic behaviours analysis

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    Due to safety rules running on fourth generation reactors' core development, neutronics simulation tools have to be as accurate as never before. First part of this report enumerates every step of fast reactor's neutronics simulation implemented in current reference code: ECCO. Considering the field of fast reactors that meet criteria of fourth generation, ability of models to describe self-shielding phenomenon, to simulate neutrons leakage in a lattice of fuel assemblies and to produce representative macroscopic sections is evaluated. The second part of this thesis is dedicated to the simulation of fast reactors' core with steel reflector. These require the development of advanced methods of condensation and homogenization. Several methods are proposed and compared on a typical case: the ZONA2B core of MASURCA reactor. (author)

  7. Shuffling strategy study of breeding-burning integrated fast reactor

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    The breeding-burning integrated fast reactor uses burning assemblies to generate thermal power, meanwhile, converts 238U into 239Pu in the fertile assemblies. With periodical shuffling of assemblies, the reactor can maintain criticality for decades of years. To maintain long-term stability of the core reactivity, the core layout and shuffling strategy should balance the burning and the breeding of the assemblies. The scattered core layout and shuffling strategy ensures fast breeding of the fertile assemblies, and keeps stable core power distribution in whole life of the reactor. Moreover, at the end of the reactor life, the discharge burnups of different fuel assemblies are close to each other, which are about 250300 GW · d/t. This is important for breeding-burning integrated fast reactor to achieve very efficient utilization of uranium resource without reprocessing. (authors)

  8. A review of the UK fast reactor programme

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    The fast reactor programme in the United Kindom is reviewed under the following headings: Progress with PFR; Reprocessing: Commercial Design Studies; Structural Integrity; Engineering and Components; Materials; Sodium Chemistry; Core and Fuel; Safety; Plant Performance. (author)

  9. Advances in sodium technology, testing and diagnostics of fast reactors

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    The collection contains a selection of 29 papers from three international specialists' meetings: the CMEA conference ''Control and measuring instruments and diagnostic systems of fast reactors'' held in the GDR in April 1983; the IAEA conference on nuclear power experience held in Austria in September 1982; and the conference ''Problems of technology and corrosion in sodium coolant and protective gas'' held in the GDR in April 1977. Three papers on operating experience with Soviet fast reactors and their safety have a general character; they are followed up by three papers on sodium technology. Five papers deal with the diagnostics of fast sodium cooled reactors and nine papers are devoted to the diagnostics of steam generators. Eight papers relate to detectors for the diagnostics of fast reactors. Safety regulations for work with alkali metals are added. (A.K.)

  10. Recycle Strategies for Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycle Technologies

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    Fast reactors and related fuel cycle (hereafter referred to as 'fast reactor cycle') technologies have the potential to contribute to long term energy security owing to their effective use of uranium and plutonium resources, and to a reduction in the heat generation and potential toxicity of high level radioactive wastes by burning long lived minor actinides recovered from spent fuel from light water reactors and fast reactors. Further, it is likely that fast reactor cycle technologies can play a certain role in non-proliferation as addressed in the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership. With these features, the research and development towards their commercialization has been promoted vigorously and globally as a future vision of nuclear energy. The introduction of fast reactor cycle systems will be carried out independently in each country according to its national conditions and nuclear energy policy. It should then be considered important to have a globally common consensus relating to safety philosophy, concepts of proliferation resistance, transuranic element burnup and recycling and so on. For the development and utilization of fast reactor cycle systems, while respecting each country's concept, it is essential to organize the technologies and concepts which countires should have in common globally and build a framework to make them standardized. The use of existing frameworks such as the Generation IV International Forum and the International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles is considered effective to achieving this. Furthermore, a vigorous promotion such as international cooperative developments enables the formation of international consensus on major technologies for the fast reactor cycle as well as the saving of resources by infrastructure sharing. (author)

  11. Status of national programmes on fast breeder reactors

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    The twenty-second Annual Meeting of the International Working Group on Fast Reactors took place in Vienna, 18-21 April 1989. Nineteen representatives from twelve Member States and International Organizations attended the Meeting. This publication is a collection of presentations in which the participants reported the status of their national programmes on fast breeder reactors. A separate abstract was prepared for each of the twelve papers from this collections. Refs, figs, tabs and 1 graph

  12. Improve Design of Fuel Shear for Fast Reactor

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    GAO; Wei; OUYANG; Ying-gen; LI; Wei-min

    2012-01-01

    <正>Due to the deeper burnup and higher fuel swelling, fast reactor metal fuel rod using 316 stainless steel cladding, replacing the traditional zirconia cladding. The diameter of fuel rod of fast reactor is much longer than that of PWR, and the cladding of stainless steel has better ductility than zirconia cladding. Using the existing shear still will cause several aspects of problem: 1) Longer diameter of rod leads to

  13. Methods for quantifying uncertainty in fast reactor analyses.

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    Fanning, T. H.; Fischer, P. F.

    2008-04-07

    Liquid-metal-cooled fast reactors in the form of sodium-cooled fast reactors have been successfully built and tested in the U.S. and throughout the world. However, no fast reactor has operated in the U.S. for nearly fourteen years. More importantly, the U.S. has not constructed a fast reactor in nearly 30 years. In addition to reestablishing the necessary industrial infrastructure, the development, testing, and licensing of a new, advanced fast reactor concept will likely require a significant base technology program that will rely more heavily on modeling and simulation than has been done in the past. The ability to quantify uncertainty in modeling and simulations will be an important part of any experimental program and can provide added confidence that established design limits and safety margins are appropriate. In addition, there is an increasing demand from the nuclear industry for best-estimate analysis methods to provide confidence bounds along with their results. The ability to quantify uncertainty will be an important component of modeling that is used to support design, testing, and experimental programs. Three avenues of UQ investigation are proposed. Two relatively new approaches are described which can be directly coupled to simulation codes currently being developed under the Advanced Simulation and Modeling program within the Reactor Campaign. A third approach, based on robust Monte Carlo methods, can be used in conjunction with existing reactor analysis codes as a means of verification and validation of the more detailed approaches.

  14. High burnup fast reactor fuel: processing and waste management experiences

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    The routine processing of mixed Plutonium/Uranium oxide fuels from the Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) at Dounreay began in September 1980 and the design features of the modified Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR) reprocessing plant and experience of the first active campaign were described in a paper to the British Nuclear Engineering Society in November 1981 (1). Since then progress in processing the fuel discharged from PFR has been covered briefly in a number of papers to international conferences and the Public Inquiry held in 1986 into the outline planning application for the proposed European Demonstration Reprocessing Plant. During this decade considerable experience in the operation of fast reactors and associated fuel plants has been accumulated providing confidence in the system before entering the next development phase - that of its commercial demonstration. Confidence in the UK draws on the successful operation of the PFR and the associated Dounreay fuel reprocessing and BNF Sellafield fabrication plants. Of equal importance is public confidence in safe operation and in the management of wastes generated by a fast reactor system. The present paper is a review of fast reactor reprocessing and waste management at the Dounreay Nuclear Establishment (DNE) as a contribution to the present status of the fast reactor system

  15. The Argonne ACWL, a potential accelerator-based neutron source for BNCT

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    THE CWDD (Continuous Wave Deuterium Demonstrator) accelerator was designed to accelerate 80 mA cw of D- to 7.5 MeV. Most of the hardware for the first 2 MeV was installed at Argonne and major subsystems had been commissioned when program funding from the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization ended in October 1993. Renamed the Argonne Continuous Wave Linac (ACWL), we are proposing to complete it to accelerate either deuterons to 2 MeV or protons to 3-3.5 MeV. Equipped with a beryllium or other light-element target, it would make a potent source of neutrons (on the order of 1013 n/s) for BNCT and/or neutron radiography. Project status and proposals for turning ACWL into a neutron source are reviewed, including the results of a computational study that was carried out to design a target/moderator to produce an epithermal neutron beam for BNCT. (orig.)

  16. Progress of Research on Demonstration Fast Reactor Main Pipe Material

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    The main characteristics of the sodium pipe system in demonstration fast reactor are high-temperature, thin-wall and big-caliber, which is different from the high-pressure and thick-wall of the pressurized water reactor system, and the system is long-term

  17. Gas cooled fast reactor research and development program

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    The research and development work in the field of core thermal-hydraulics, experimental and analytical physics and carbide fuel development carried out 1978 for the Gas Cooled Fast Breeder Reactor at the Swiss Federal Institute for Reactor Research is described. (Auth.)

  18. Gas cooled fast reactor research and development program

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    The research and development work in the field of core thermal-hydraulics, steam generator research and development, experimental and analytical physics and carbide fuel development carried out 1978 for the Gas Cooled Fast Breeder Reactor at the Swiss Federal Institute for Reactor Research is described. (Auth.)

  19. CP ESFR: Collaborative Project for a European Sodium Fast Reactor

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    The Collaborative Project for a European Sodium Fast Reactor (CP ESFR) is performed (2009-2012) in the 7th European Framework Programme. It is devoted to the identification and study of innovations to be considered for the future in the core design, safety, reactor architecture, components and the dissemination of knowledge related to this technology among young European professionals. (author)

  20. Recycle strategies for fast reactors and related fuel cycle technologies

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    Full text: 1. Introduction Fast reactors and related fuel cycle (hereinafter referred to as 'Fast reactor cycle') technologies have the potential of contributing to long-term energy security due to effective use of uranium and plutonium resources, and reduction of the heat generation and potential toxicity of high-level radioactive wastes by burning long-lived minor actinides (MA) recovered from spent fuels of light-water reactors and fast reactors. Further, it is likely that fast reactor cycle technologies can play a certain role in non- proliferation as addressed in GNEP (Global Nuclear Energy Partnership). With these features, R and Ds toward their commercialization have been promoted vigorously and globally as a future vision of nuclear energy. 2. Recycle strategies in each country In Japan, it is determined that after burning uranium in light water reactors, plutonium is recovered from spent fuel and used for light water reactors at the moment and for fast reactors in the future. In order to make it possible, Fast Reactor Cycle Technology Development (FaCT) Project has been promoted with a combination of oxide-fueled sodium-cooled reactors, advanced aqueous reprocessing, and simplified pelletizing fuel fabrication adopted as a main concept aiming at startup of a demonstration reactor around 2025 and commercialization before around 2050. In France, a comparison of the basic specifications between an oxide-fueled sodium-cooled reactor and a carbide (or nitride)-fueled gas-cooled reactor has currently been promoted towards technological selection for a prototype reactor in 2012 in accordance with 'The 2006 planning act on the sustainable management of radioactive materials and waste (Act 2006- 739)' enacted in 2006. Based on the results, France aims at startup of the prototype reactor in 2020 and commercialization in around 2040. For reprocessing, methods which extract actinides collectively such as GANEX has been developed to enhance proliferation resistance

  1. Analysis of the transmutation of actinides minority in a sodium cooled fast reactor; Analisis de la transmutacion de actinidos minoritarios en un reactor rapido refrigerado por sodio

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    Ochoa Valero, R.

    2011-07-01

    Fast reactors represent a highly sustainable source of energy due to the use of a closed fuel cycle, which makes better use of natural resource and reducing the volume and heat load of high level radioactive waste.

  2. Fast reactors: the future of nuclear energy

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    The main problems to be solved for FBR type reactors become viable economically, presenting the research programs of Europe, United States of America, Japan and Brazil are described. The cooperations between interested countries for improving FBR type reactors, and the financial and human resources necessaries for the development of programs, are evaluated. The fuel cycle is also analysed. (M.C.K.)

  3. Status of national programmes on fast reactors in Korea

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    The role of nuclear power plants in electricity generation in Korea is expected to become more important in the years to come due to poor natural resources and green house gases. This heavy dependence on nuclear power eventually raises the issues of efficient utilization of uranium resources and of spent fuel storage. Fast reactors can resolve these issues. Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute started development of a Liquid Metal Reactor design in 1997 and completed the Conceptual Design in March of 2002. Efforts are currently directed toward the development of advanced fast reactor concepts and basic key technologies. (author)

  4. Review of the United Kingdom fast reactor programme - March 1986

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    The UK programme in the field of fast reactors has continued successfully towards the following main objectives, details of which are contained in subsequent sections of this report: (2) progress with the prototype fast reactor (PFR) which achieved its design power on 4 March 1985; (3) nuclear fuel reprocessing; (4) commercial design studies; (5) structural integrity of LMFBR during its lifetime; (6) R and D work on components of LMFBR; (7) materials study; (8) sodium chemistry; (9) reactor core and fuel design philosophy; (10) safety problems; (11) plant performance studies

  5. Fast Reactor Physics Vol. I. Proceedings of a Symposium on Fast Reactor Physics and Related Safety Problems

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    Proceedings of a Symposium organized by the IAEA and held in Karlsruhe, 30 October - 3 November 1967. The meeting was attended by 183 scientists from 23 countries and three international organizations. Contents: (Vol.1) Review of national programmes (5 papers); Nuclear data for fast reactors (12 papers); Experimental methods (3 papers); Zoned systems (7 papers); Kinetics (7 papers). (Vol.11) Fast critical experiments (8 papers); Heterogeneity in fast critical experiments (5 papers); Fast power reactors (13 papers); Fast pulsed reactors (3 papers); Panel discussion. Each paper is in its original language (50 English, 11 French and 3 Russian) and is preceded by an abstract in English with a second one in the original language if this is not English. Discussions are in English. (author)

  6. Fast Reactor Physics. Vol. II. Proceedings of a Symposium on Fast Reactor Physics and Related Safety Problems

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    Proceedings of a Symposium organized by the IAEA and held in Karlsruhe, 30 October - 3 November 1967. The meeting was attended by 183 scientists from 23 countries and three international organizations. Contents: (Vol.1) Review of national programmes (5 papers); Nuclear data for fast reactors (12 papers); Experimental methods (3 papers); Zoned systems (7 papers); Kinetics (7 papers). (Vol.11) Fast critical experiments (8 papers); Heterogeneity in fast critical experiments (5 papers); Fast power reactors (13 papers); Fast pulsed reactors (3 papers); Panel discussion. Each paper is in its original language (50 English, 11 French and 3 Russian) and is preceded by an abstract in English with a second one in the original language if this is not English. Discussions are in English. (author)

  7. Fast-power-reactor optimization by the game theory

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    In the first stage of the use of fast breeder reactor - because fissile-material amounts are small - we are interested in fast breeder reactors which achieve minimum fissile-material mass, with maximum power. This problem shows a two-matrix-game structure. First, we determine a competive-game solution and second, a cooperative-game solution, obtaining in this way the optimum distribution of the fissile and fertile materials in the multizone fast reactors. Another optimization problem which is solved in this paper is finding the reactor structure for which the power non-uniformity factor and the flux non-uniformity factor are minimum. This is, also, a mathematical two-matrix game and it is solved as above. The two optimization problems have different solutions. (author)

  8. An introduction to the engineering of fast nuclear reactors

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    Judd, Anthony M

    2014-01-01

    An invaluable resource for both graduate-level engineering students and practising nuclear engineers who want to expand their knowledge of fast nuclear reactors, the reactors of the future! This book is a concise yet comprehensive introduction to all aspects of fast reactor engineering. It covers topics including neutron physics; neutron flux spectra; flux distribution; Doppler and coolant temperature coefficients; the performance of ceramic and metal fuels under irradiation, structural changes, and fission-product migration; the effects of irradiation and corrosion on structural materials, irradiation swelling; heat transfer in the reactor core and its effect on core design; coolants including sodium and lead-bismuth alloy; coolant circuits; pumps; heat exchangers and steam generators; and plant control. The book includes new discussions on lead-alloy and gas coolants, metal fuel, the use of reactors to consume radioactive waste, and accelerator-driven subcritical systems.

  9. Assumed mode approach to fast reactor core seismic analysis

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    The need for a time history approach, rather than a response spectrum approach, to the seismic analysis of fast breeder reactor core structures is described. The use of a Rayleigh-Ritz/Assumed Mode formalism for developing mathematical models of reactor cores is presented. Various factors including structural nonlinearity, fluid inertia, and impact which necessitate abandonment of response spectrum methods are discussed. The use of the assumed mode formalism is described in some detail as it applies to reactor core seismic analysis. To illustrate the use of this formal approach to mathematical modeling, a sample reactor problem with increasing complexities of modeling is presented. Finally, several problem areas--fluid inertia, fluid damping, coulomb friction, impact, and modal choice--are discussed with emphasis on research needs for use in fast reactor seismic analysis

  10. Surviving to tell the tale: Argonne's Intense Pulsed Neutron Source from an ecosystem perspective

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    At first glance the story of the Intense Pulsed Neutron Source (IPNS), an accelerator-driven neutron source for exploring the structure of materials through neutron scattering, seems to be one of puzzling ups and downs. For example, Argonne management, Department of Energy officials, and materials science reviewers continued to offer, then withdraw, votes of confidence even though the middling-sized IPNS produced high-profile research, including work that made the cover of Nature in 1987. In the midst of this period of shifting opinion and impressive research results, some Argonne materials scientists were unenthusiastic, members of the laboratory's energy physics group were key supporters, and materials scientists at another laboratory provided, almost fortuitously, a new lease on life. What forces shaped the puzzling life cycle of the IPNS? And what role - if any - did the moderate price tag and the development of scientific and technological ideas play in the course it took? To answer these questions this paper looks to an ecosystem metaphor for inspiration, exploring how opinions, ideas, and machinery emerged from the interrelated resource economies of Argonne, the DOE, and the materials science community by way of a tangled web of shifting group interactions. The paper will conclude with reflections about what the resulting focus on relationality explains about the IPNS story as well as the underlying dynamic that animates knowledge production at U.S. national laboratories.

  11. OECD Nuclear Energy Agency Activities Related to Fast Reactor Development

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    The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), whose role is to assist its member countries to develop, through international cooperation, the scientific and technological bases required for the safe, environmentally friendly and economical use of nuclear energy, conducts work related to fast reactor systems in two areas of activity: one focused on scientific research and technology development needs and one dedicated to strategic and policy issues. Recent, scientifically oriented, fast reactor related activities coordinated by the NEA comprise: -A coordinated effort to evaluate basic nuclear data needed for the development of fast reactor systems; -A recently initiated review of Integral Experiments for Minor Actinide Management; -An ongoing study on Homogeneous versus Heterogeneous Recycle of Transuranic Isotopes in Fast Reactors; -A comparative analysis of the safety characteristics of sodium cooled fast reactors; -A series of workshops on Advanced Reactors with Innovative Fuels; -A series of information exchange meetings on actinide and fission product partitioning and transmutation. The NEA has also conducted two reviews on issues related to the transition from thermal to fast neutron nuclear systems. One study was devoted to technical issues, including benchmark studies on: (i) the performance of scenario analysis codes, (ii) a regional (European) scenario and (iii) a global transition scenario. The other study emphasized issues of interest to policymakers, such as key parameters affecting the cost-benefit analysis of transitioning, including the size and age of the nuclear reactor fleet, the expected future reliance on nuclear energy, access to uranium resources, domestic nuclear infrastructure and technology development, and radioactive waste management policy in place. The NEA is also an active player in many other international activities related to fast neutron systems, such as the Generation IV International Forum, where the NEA acts as technical secretariat for

  12. A Review of the UK Fast Reactor Programme: March 1980

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    Towards the end of 1979 the Government announced a new programme of thermal reactor stations to be built over ten years (totalling 15GW), in addition to the two AGR stations at Torness and Heysham 'B' which had been approved by the previous Government. The first station of the new programme will be based on a Westinghouse PWR, subject to safety clearance and the outcome of a public inquiry, and it is envisaged that the remaining stations of the programme would be split between PWRs and AGRs. The AEA Chairman wrote formally to the Secretary of State for Energy in December 1979, putting forward on behalf of the Electricity Supply Authorities, NNC, BNFL and the AEA a recommended strategy for building the Commercial Demonstration Fast Reactor (CDFR), subject to normal licensing procedure and to public inquiry, so as to ensure that the key options for introducing commercial fast reactors, when required, should remain open. A Government statement is expected during the next few months. Meanwhile the level of effort on fast reactor research and development in the UK has been maintained, the fast reactor remaining the largest of the UKAEA's reactor development projects with expenditure totalling somewhat over £80M per annum. The main feature of the UK fast reactor programme has continued to be the operation of PFR (Sections 2 and 7) which is yielding a wealth of experience and of information relevant to the design of commercial fast reactors. Bum-up of standard driver fuel has reached 6-7% by heavy atoms, while specially enriched lead fuel pins have reached 11 % without failure. An extensive programme of work in the reactor and its associated steam plant was completed in March 1980 and the reactor then started its fifth power run. The fuel reprocessing plant at DNE is being commissioned and has reprocessed some of the spent fuel remaining from the DFR. It will start soon on reprocessing fuel discharged from the PFR. During the year improvements to the design of the future

  13. Present status and future program of YAYOI as a fast pulse reactor

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    Fast neutron source reactor YAYOI was constructed in 1971 and has been operated by the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Tokyo. The reactor is a development of AFSR and HARMONIE and is air cooled, modified to enhance flexibility for research and training, using 93% enriched uranium metal fuel. The YAYOI is principally used for LMFBR development work. The new features of YAYOI include pulsation with or without an electron linac. (author)

  14. Status of fast reactor and pyroprocess technology development in Korea

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    For the time being, PWRs will remain as the major source of nuclear power in Korea. However, the storage of the spent fuels produced from those PWRs is a big issue. The on-site spent fuel storage capacity will reach its limit by 2016. Therefore, a decision-making process for spent fuel management is under way. It has been recognized that one of the most promising nuclear options for electricity generation is a fast reactor system which efficiently utilizes uranium resources and reduces radioactive wastes from nuclear power plants, thus contributing to sustainable development. In response to this recognition, the widespread concern about the management of spent fuels caused us to develop technologies for Sodium-cooled Fast Reactors (SFRs) as one of the most promising future types of reactors in Korea. The pyroprocessing technology capitalizes on the recovery of actinide elements from spent fuel for the recycling and fissioning in SFRs for the purpose of power generation. The overriding goal of this R and D plan for pyroprocessing technology combined with SFRs is to develop a closed nuclear fuel cycle that is economically viable, resistant to diversion of nuclear materials, and minimizes generation of waste products, thereby efficiently increasing the capacity of a final spent fuel repository by approximately 100 times. In this fuel cycle, plutonium remains with other isotopes and impurities throughout the processes and cannot be chemically separated in pure form, which reduces the risk of nuclear proliferation. Confining the final product in a hot cell also makes it far less open to misuse. In order to provide a consistent direction to long-term R and D activities the Korea Atomic Energy Commission (KAEC) approved a long-term development plan for future nuclear reactor systems which include SFR, pyroprocess and VHTR on December 22, 2008. This long-term plan will be implemented through nuclear R and D programs of the National Research Foundation, with funds from the

  15. Fuel, Structural Material and Coolant for an Advanced Fast Micro-Reactor

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    Do Nascimento, J. A.; Duimarães, L. N. F.; Ono, S.

    The use of nuclear reactors in space, seabed or other Earth hostile environment in the future is a vision that some Brazilian nuclear researchers share. Currently, the USA, a leader in space exploration, has as long-term objectives the establishment of a permanent Moon base and to launch a manned mission to Mars. A nuclear micro-reactor is the power source chosen to provide energy for life support, electricity for systems, in these missions. A strategy to develop an advanced micro-reactor technologies may consider the current fast reactor technologies as back-up and the development of advanced fuel, structural and coolant materials. The next generation reactors (GEN-IV) for terrestrial applications will operate with high output temperature to allow advanced conversion cycle, such as Brayton, and hydrogen production, among others. The development of an advanced fast micro-reactor may create a synergy between the GEN-IV and space reactor technologies. Considering a set of basic requirements and materials properties this paper discusses the choice of advanced fuel, structural and coolant materials for a fast micro-reactor. The chosen candidate materials are: nitride, oxide as back-up, for fuel, lead, tin and gallium for coolant, ferritic MA-ODS and Mo alloys for core structures. The next step will be the neutronic and burnup evaluation of core concepts with this set of materials.

  16. Preliminary evaluation of alternate-fueled gas cooled fast reactors

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    A preliminary evaluation of various alternative fuel cycles for the Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor (GCFR) is presented. Both homogeneous and heterogeneous oxide-fueled GCFRs are considered. The scenario considered is the energy center/dispersed reactor concept in which proliferation-resistant denatured reactors are coupled to 233U production reactors operating in secure energy centers. Individual reactor performance characteristics and symbiotic system parameters are summarized for several possible alternative fuel concepts. Comparisons are made between the classical homogeneous GCFR and the advanced heterogeneous concept on the basis of breeding ratio, doubling time, and net fissile gain. In addition, comparisons are made between a three-dimensional reactor model and the R-Z heterogeneous configuration utilized for the depletion and fuel management calculations. Lastly, thirty-year mass balance data are given for the various GCFR fuel cycles studied

  17. From reactors to long pulse sources

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    We will show, that by using an adapted instrumentation concept, the performance of a continuous source can be emulated by one switch on in long pulses for only about 10% of the total time. This 10 fold gain in neutron economy opens up the way for building reactor like sources with an order of magnitude higher flux than the present technological limits. Linac accelerator driven spallation lends itself favorably for the realization of this kind of long pulse sources, which will be complementary to short pulse spallation sources, the same way continuous reactor sources are

  18. Power source device for reactor recycling pump

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    The device of the present invention prevents occurrence of an accident of a reactor forecast upon spontaneous power stoppage, loss of power source or trip of the reactor. Namely, a AC/DC converter and a DC/AC connector having an AC voltage frequency controller are connected in series between an AC (bus) in the plant and reactor recycling pumps. A DC voltage controller, a superconductive energy storing device and an excitation power source are connected to the input of the DC/AC converter. The control device receives signals of the spontaneous power stoppage, loss of power source or trip of the reactor to maintain the output voltage of the superconductive energy storing device to a predetermined value. Further, the ratio of AC power voltage and the frequency of AC voltage to be supplied to the reactor recycling pumps is constantly varied to control the flow rate of the pump to a predetermined value. With such procedures, a power source device for the reactor recycling pumps compact in size, easy for maintenance and having high reliability can be realized by adopting a static-type superconductive energy storing device as an auxiliary power source for the reactor recycling pumps. (I.S.)

  19. Capital cost: gas cooled fast reactor plant

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    The results of an investment cost study for a 900 MW(e) GCFR central station power plant are presented. The capital cost estimate arrived at is based on 1976 prices and a conceptual design only, not a mature reactor design

  20. Analysis of deficiencies in fast reactor blanket physics predictions

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    This analysis addresses a deviation between experimental measurements and fast reactor blanket physics predictions. A review of worldwide results reveals that reaction rates in the blanket are underpredicted with the discrepancy increasing with penetration into the blanket. The analysis of this discrepancy involves two parts: quantifying possible error reductions using the most advanced methods and investigating deficiencies in current methodology. The source of these discrepancies was investigated by application of ''state-of-the-art'' group constant generation and flux prediction methodology to flux calculations for the Purdue University Fast Breeder Blanket Facility (FBBF). Refined group constant generation methods yielded a significant reduction in the blanket deviations; however, only about half of the discrepancy can be accounted for in this manner. Transport theory calculations were used to predict the blanket neutron transmission problem. The surprising result is that transport theory predictions utilizing diffusion theory group constants did not improve the blanket results. Transport theory predictions exhibited blanket underpredictions similar to the diffusion theory results. The residual blanket discrepancies not explained using advanced methods require a refinement of the theory. For this purpose an analysis of deficiencies in current methodology was performed

  1. Small size modular fast reactors in large scale nuclear power

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    The report presents an innovative nuclear power technology (NPT) based on usage of modular type fast reactors (FR) (SVBR-75/100) with heavy liquid metal coolant (HLMC) i. e. eutectic lead-bismuth alloy mastered for Russian nuclear submarines' (NS) reactors. Use of this NPT makes it possible to eliminate a conflict between safety and economic requirements peculiar to the traditional reactors. Physical features of FRs, an integral design of the reactor and its small power (100 MWe), as well as natural properties of lead-bismuth coolant assured realization of the inherent safety properties. This made it possible to eliminate a lot of safety systems necessary for the reactor installations (RI) of operating NPPs and to design the modular NPP which technical and economical parameters are competitive not only with those of the NPP based on light water reactors (LWR) but with those of the steam-gas electric power plant. Multipurpose usage of transportable reactor modules SVBR-75/100 of entirely factory manufacture assures their production in large quantities that reduces their fabrication costs. The proposed NPT provides economically expedient change over to the closed nuclear fuel cycle (NFC). When the uranium-plutonium fuel is used, the breeding ratio is over one. Use of proposed NPT makes it possible to considerably increase the investment attractiveness of nuclear power (NP) with fast neutron reactors even today at low costs of natural uranium. (authors)

  2. Advanced Multiphysics Modeling of Fast Reactor Fuel Behavior

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    Evaluation of fast reactor fuel thermo-mechanical performance using fuel performance codes is a key aspect of advanced fast reactors designs. Those fuel performance codes capture the multiphysics nature of fuel behavior during irradiation where different, mostly interdependent, phenomena are taking place. Existing fuel performance codes do not fully capture those interdependencies and present the different phenomena through de-coupled models. Recent developments in multiphysics simulation capabilities and availability of advanced computing platforms led to advancements in simulation of nuclear fuel behavior. This paper presents current experiences in applying different multiphysics simulation platforms to evaluation of fast reactors metallic fuel behavior. Full 3D finite element simulation platforms that include capabilities to fully couple key fuel behavior models are discussed. Issues associated with coupling metallic fuels phenomena, such as fission gas models and constituent distribution models, with thermo-mechanical finite element platforms, as well as different coupling schemes are also discussed. (author)

  3. BISON and MARMOT Development for Modeling Fast Reactor Fuel Performance

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    Gamble, Kyle Allan Lawrence [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Williamson, Richard L. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Schwen, Daniel [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Zhang, Yongfeng [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Novascone, Stephen Rhead [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Medvedev, Pavel G. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

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    BISON and MARMOT are two codes under development at the Idaho National Laboratory for engineering scale and lower length scale fuel performance modeling. It is desired to add capabilities for fast reactor applications to these codes. The fast reactor fuel types under consideration are metal (U-Pu-Zr) and oxide (MOX). The cladding types of interest include 316SS, D9, and HT9. The purpose of this report is to outline the proposed plans for code development and provide an overview of the models added to the BISON and MARMOT codes for fast reactor fuel behavior. A brief overview of preliminary discussions on the formation of a bilateral agreement between the Idaho National Laboratory and the National Nuclear Laboratory in the United Kingdom is presented.

  4. BISON and MARMOT Development for Modeling Fast Reactor Fuel Performance

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    BISON and MARMOT are two codes under development at the Idaho National Laboratory for engineering scale and lower length scale fuel performance modeling. It is desired to add capabilities for fast reactor applications to these codes. The fast reactor fuel types under consideration are metal (U-Pu-Zr) and oxide (MOX). The cladding types of interest include 316SS, D9, and HT9. The purpose of this report is to outline the proposed plans for code development and provide an overview of the models added to the BISON and MARMOT codes for fast reactor fuel behavior. A brief overview of preliminary discussions on the formation of a bilateral agreement between the Idaho National Laboratory and the National Nuclear Laboratory in the United Kingdom is presented.

  5. Sodium components cleaning status in the Italian fast reactor program

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    As a consequence of the Italian Fast Reactor Development, mainly aimed to the PEC project and to the participation in the French Superphenix project, it is of increasing importance to set up a reliable method for specific reactor components and related test loops. The first problem was the cleaning of the PEC fuelling machine. In order to perform the routine maintenance of the machine an alcohol cleaning method based on the use of 2-butoxyethanol-NN dimethylformamide mixture has been proposed

  6. Studies on the transient operation and stability of fast reactors

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    These studies form part of the general programme of perfecting calculation methods for fast reactors. The basic formulae are given for the layouts used, i.e. the classic kinetic and thermal exchange equations, etc. A description is then given of the digital computer methods employed for studying the stable functioning of the reactor and of the methods used for transient operation studies. Finally, some examples of application are discussed and a comparison is made with parallel studies on the same subject. (author)

  7. Toward a sustainable energy supply with reduced environmental burden. Development of metal fuel fast reactor cycle

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    CRIEPI has been studying the metal fuel fast reactor cycle as an outstanding alternative for the future energy sources. In this paper, development of the metal fuel cycle is reviewed in the view point of technological feasibility and material balance. Preliminary estimation of reduction of the waste burden due to introduction of the metal fuel cycle technology is also reported. (author)

  8. UK fast reactor components - sodium removal decontamination and requalification

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    Over the past two decades extensive experience on sodium removal techniques has been gained at the UKAEA's Dounreay Nuclear Establishment from both the Dounreay Fact Reactor (DFR) and the Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR). This experience has created confidence that complex components can be cleaned of sodium, maintenance or repair operations carried out, and the components successfully re-used. Part 2 of the paper, which describes recent operations associated with the PFR, demonstrates the background to these views. This past and continuing experience is being used in forming the basis of the plant to be provided for sodium removal, decontamination and requalification of components in the UK's future commercial fast reactors. Further improvements in techniques and in component designs can be expected in the course of the next few years. Consequently UK philosophy and approach with respect to maintenance and repair operations is sufficiently flexible to enable relevant improvements to be incorporated into the next scheduled fast reactor - the Commercial Demonstration Fast Reactor (CUR). This paper summarises the factors which are being taken into consideration in this continuously advancing field

  9. Spectrophotometric Procedure for Fast Reactor Advanced Coolant Manufacture Control

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    Andrienko, O. S.; Egorov, N. B.; Zherin, I. I.; Indyk, D. V.

    2016-01-01

    The paper describes a spectrophotometric procedure for fast reactor advanced coolant manufacture control. The molar absorption coefficient of dimethyllead dibromide with dithizone was defined as equal to 68864 ± 795 l·mole-1·cm-1, limit of detection as equal to 0.583 · 10-6 g/ml. The spectrophotometric procedure application range was found to be equal to 37.88 - 196.3 g. of dimethyllead dibromide in the sample. The procedure was used within the framework of the development of the method of synthesis of the advanced coolant for fast reactors.

  10. A new neutron noise technique for fast reactors

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    This paper gives a new neutron noise technique for fast reactors, which is known as thermalization measurement technique of the neutron noise. The theoretical formulas of the technique were developed, and a digital delayed coincidence time analyzer consisted of TTL integrated circuits was constructed for the study of this technique. The technique has been tested and applied practically at Df-VI fast zero power reactor. It was shown that the provided technique in this work has a number of significant advantages in comparison with the conventional neutron noise method

  11. Fast ultrasonic visualisation under sodium. Application to the fast neutron reactors

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    The fast ultrasonic visualization under sodium is in the programme of research and development on the inspection inside the fast neutron reactors. This work is about the development of a such system of fast ultrasonic imaging under sodium, in order to improve the existing visualization systems. This system is based on the principle of orthogonal imaging, it uses two linear antennas with an important dephasing having 128 piezo-composite elements of central frequency equal to 1.6 MHz. (N.C.)

  12. Physics of Fast and Intermediate Reactors. Vol. II. Proceedings of the Seminar on the Physics of Fast and Intermediate Reactors. Vol. II

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    It is generally agreed that the ultimate economic advantage of power produced by nuclear fission over that produced by conventional sources depends on the ability of a certain type of reactor to breed precious nuclear fuel out of the plentiful but not readily fissionable isotope of uranium. This fact is mainly responsible for the importance attached to the development of fast power reactors, but many other interesting properties of unmoderated or weakly moderated reactor systems have also been brought to light by reactor physicists. In August 1961 the Agency organized in Vienna a Seminar on the Physics of Fast and Intermediate Reactors, at which all the topics relating to this important branch of reactor science were discussed. The main feature of this meeting was extensive discussion of the 66 written contributions, which set the stage for a wide exchange of experience and ideas throughout 13 half- day sessions. The Seminar was attended by 132 scientists from 22 Member States and two international organizations. It is hoped that these Proceedings of the Seminar, which include both the papers presented and a record of the discussions, will be useful as a reference work both to research workers in the field and to newcomers to it for many years to come. The Agency's thanks are due to all the participating scientists for their written or oral contributions and especially to those among them who, as session chairmen, led the discussions and contributed greatly to the success of the meeting.

  13. Physics of Fast and Intermediate Reactors. V. III. Proceedings of the Seminar on the Physics of Fast and Intermediate Reactors. Vol. III

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    It is generally agreed that the ultimate economic advantage of power produced by nuclear fission over that produced by conventional sources depends on the ability of a certain type of reactor to breed precious nuclear fuel out of the plentiful but not readily fissionable isotope of uranium. This fact is mainly responsible for the importance attached to the development of fast power reactors, but many other interesting properties of unmoderated or weakly moderated reactor systems have also been brought to light by reactor physicists. In August 1961 the Agency organized in Vienna a Seminar on the Physics of Fast and Intermediate Reactors, at which all the topics relating to this important branch of reactor science were discussed. The main feature of this meeting was extensive discussion of the 66 written contributions, which set the stage for a wide exchange of experience and ideas throughout 13 half-day sessions. The Seminar was attended by 132 scientists from 22 Member States and two international organizations. It is hoped that these Proceedings of the Seminar, which include both the papers presented and a record of the discussions, will be useful as a reference work both to research workers in the field and to newcomers to it for many years to come.

  14. The Integral Fast Reactor: A practical approach to waste management

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    This report discusses development of the method for pyroprocessing of spent fuel from the Integral Fast Reactor (or Advanced Liquid Metal Reactor). The technology demonstration phase, in which recycle will be demonstrated with irradiated fuel from the EBR-II reactor has been reached. Methods for recovering actinides from spent LWR fuel are at an earlier stage of development but appear to be technically feasible at this time, and a large-scale demonstration of this process has begun. The utilization of fully compatible processes for recycling valuable spent fuel materials promises to provide substantial economic incentives for future applications of the pyroprocessing technology

  15. Fast-Mixed Spectrum Reactor. Progress report for 1979

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    Fischer, G.J.; Cerbone, R.J.

    1980-05-01

    This report summarizes the progress of the Fast Mixed Spectrum Reactor (FMSR) since the publication of the Interim Report in January 1979. The FMSR program was initiated to determine the feasibility of a breeder reactor concept which operated on a once-through-and-store fuel cycle and for which the only feed would be natural uranium. A first or startup core enriched to a maximum of about eleven percent in uranium-235 would be required. The concept has excellent antiproliferation advantages. In the once-through and store mode, the FMSR has a resource utilization which is a factor of four higher than a light water reactor.

  16. Fast-Mixed Spectrum Reactor. Progress report for 1979

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    This report summarizes the progress of the Fast Mixed Spectrum Reactor (FMSR) since the publication of the Interim Report in January 1979. The FMSR program was initiated to determine the feasibility of a breeder reactor concept which operated on a once-through-and-store fuel cycle and for which the only feed would be natural uranium. A first or startup core enriched to a maximum of about eleven percent in uranium-235 would be required. The concept has excellent antiproliferation advantages. In the once-through and store mode, the FMSR has a resource utilization which is a factor of four higher than a light water reactor

  17. Twelfth annual meeting of the International Working Group on Fast Reactors. Summary report. Part II

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    Examining several alternative nuclear power scenarios through the long term it showed the comparative needs of advanced reactors for uranium and for supporting services, thereby establishing the basis for further development of uranium resources and specific reactor systems. Even with dramatic increases in known resources, nuclear power would be able to play only a temporary role in satisfying world energy needs. The use of advanced fast breeders can do much to reduce the total rate of depletion of uranium resources. Breeder reactors would provide a virtually inexhaustible source of energy supply within foreseeable extensions of known uranium resources. This document includes status reports on activities related to research, development, construction, operation, experimental data, safety issues of fast breeder reactors in Germany, Italy, European Union, USSR, OECD, Japan, USA, UK, France

  18. Alternative concept for a fast energy amplifier accelerator driven reactor

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    Recently Rubbia et al. introduced a conceptual design of a Fast Energy Amplifier (EA) as an advanced innovative reactor which utilizes a neutron spallation source induced by protons as an external source in a subcritical array imbibed a molten lead coolant which, besides being breeder and waste burner, generates energy. This paper introduces some qualitative changes in Rubbia's concept such as more than one point of spallation, in order to reduce the requirement in the energy and current of the accelerator, and mainly to make a more flat neutron distribution. The subcritical core which in Rubbia's concept is an hexagonal array of pins immersed in a molten lead coolant is replaced by a concept of a solid lead calandria with the fuel elements in channels cooled by helium, allowing on line refueling or shuffling, and the utilization of a direct thermodynamic cycle (Brayton), which is more efficient than a vapor cycle. Although the calculations to demonstrate the feasibility of the EA alternative concept are underway and not yet finished, these ideas do not violate the basic physics of the EA, as showed in this paper, with evident advantages in the fuel cycle (on line refueling); reduced requirements in the accelerator complex, which is more realistic and economical in today accelerators technology; and finally the utilization of He as coolant compared with molten Pb is more close to the proved technology given the know how of gas cooled reactors and more efficient from the thermodynamic point of view, allowing simplification and the utilization in other process, besides electricity generation, as hydrogen generation. (author)

  19. Advances in fast reactor technology. Proceedings of the 30. meeting of the International Working Group on Fast Reactors

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    Individual States were largely responsible for early developments in experimental and prototype liquid metal fast reactors (LMFRs). However, for development of advanced LMFRs, international co-operation plays an important role. The IAEA seeks to promote such co-operation. For R and D incorporating innovative features, international co-operation allows pooling of resources and expertise in areas of common interest. Information on experience gained from R and D, and from the operation and construction of fast reactors, has been reviewed periodically by the International Working Group on Fast Reactors (IWGFR). These proceedings contain updated a new information on the status of LMFR development, as reported at the 30th meeting of the IWGFR, held in Beijing, China, from 13 to 16 May 1997

  20. Thermal and neutronic calculation for fast breeder reactor FBR

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    This research included studying of thermal and neutronic calculation for fast breeder nuclear reactor, to putting the optimum design for this reactor. So a Soviet type (BN-350) was chosen, which has its core composed of two enrichment zones, and with blanket that contains depleted uranium. A group of thermal calculation programs was made by using personal computer, to obtain core and blanket reactor dimensions and volume fractions of reaction input material and number and dimensions of fuel rods which were used for neutron calculations. Several core and blanket enrichments were used to study neutron flux behaviour for two reactors different conditions. First when control rods exist in the core reactor and second when the rods are out of the core. Breeding ratio was also studied for different core and blanket enrichment. 30 tabs.; 24 figs.; 34 refs.; 3 apps

  1. Design Considerations for Economically Competitive Sodium Cooled Fast Reactors

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    Hongbin Zhang; Haihua Zhao

    2009-05-01

    The technological viability of sodium cooled fast reactors (SFR) has been established by various experimental and prototype (demonstration) reactors such as EBR-II, FFTF, Phénix, JOYO, BN-600 etc. However, the economic competitiveness of SFR has not been proven yet. The perceived high cost premium of SFRs over LWRs has been the primary impediment to the commercial expansion of SFR technologies. In this paper, cost reduction options are discussed for advanced SFR designs. These include a hybrid loop-pool design to optimize the primary system, multiple reheat and intercooling helium Brayton cycle for the power conversion system and the potential for suppression of intermediate heat transport system. The design options for the fully passive decay heat removal systems are also thoroughly examined. These include direct reactor auxiliary cooling system (DRACS), reactor vessel auxiliary cooling system (RVACS) and the newly proposed pool reactor auxiliary cooling system (PRACS) in the context of the hybrid loop-pool design.

  2. New concept of proliferation resistant sodium cooled fast reactor

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    Eliseev, V.A.; Krivitski, I.Y.; Matveev, V.I.; Popov, E.P.; Savitski, V.I.; Tsikunov, A.G. [Institute for Physics and Power Engineering, Obninsk (Russian Federation)

    2001-07-01

    The full text follows. It is proposed the concept of BN-800 sodium cooled fast reactor operating in the closed fuel cycle with special reprocessing technology. The use of nitride fuel allows improving the parameters of reactor safety (internal breeding {approx}1, zero value of sodium void reactivity effect), economy (one refueling per year), ecology (use of nitride enriched by nitrogen-15) and non-proliferation (use of reprocessing without separating the plutonium from uranium). The main difficulty of this type reactor development is that the technical project of BN-800 reactor with MOX fuel was developed. When using the nitride fuel it is necessary to serve (in max extent) the mail technical decisions of this project. This report presents first results on development and justification of the BN-800 reactor with nitride fuel core. (authors)

  3. Fuel Development For Gas-Cooled Fast Reactors

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    M. K. Meyer

    2006-06-01

    The Generation IV Gas-cooled Fast Reactor (GFR) concept is proposed to combine the advantages of high-temperature gas-cooled reactors (such as efficient direct conversion with a gas turbine and the potential for application of high-temperature process heat), with the sustainability advantages that are possible with a fast-spectrum reactor. The latter include the ability to fission all transuranics and the potential for breeding. The GFR is part of a consistent set of gas-cooled reactors that includes a medium-term Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR)-like concept, or concepts based on the Gas Turbine Modular Helium Reactor (GT-MHR), and specialized concepts such as the Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR), as well as actinide burning concepts [ ]. To achieve the necessary high power density and the ability to retain fission gas at high temperature, the primary fuel concept proposed for testing in the United States is a dispersion coated fuel particles in a ceramic matrix. Alternative fuel concepts considered in the U.S. and internationally include coated particle beds, ceramic clad fuel pins, and novel ceramic ‘honeycomb’ structures. Both mixed carbide and mixed nitride-based solid solutions are considered as fuel phases.

  4. Investigation of Nuclear Data Libraries with TRIPOLI-4 Monte Carlo Code for Sodium-cooled Fast Reactors

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    Lee, Y.-K.; Brun, E.

    2014-04-01

    The Sodium-cooled fast neutron reactor ASTRID is currently under design and development in France. Traditional ECCO/ERANOS fast reactor code system used for ASTRID core design calculations relies on multi-group JEFF-3.1.1 data library. To gauge the use of ENDF/B-VII.0 and JEFF-3.1.1 nuclear data libraries in the fast reactor applications, two recent OECD/NEA computational benchmarks specified by Argonne National Laboratory were calculated. Using the continuous-energy TRIPOLI-4 Monte Carlo transport code, both ABR-1000 MWth MOX core and metallic (U-Pu) core were investigated. Under two different fast neutron spectra and two data libraries, ENDF/B-VII.0 and JEFF-3.1.1, reactivity impact studies were performed. Using JEFF-3.1.1 library under the BOEC (Beginning of equilibrium cycle) condition, high reactivity effects of 808 ± 17 pcm and 1208 ± 17 pcm were observed for ABR-1000 MOX core and metallic core respectively. To analyze the causes of these differences in reactivity, several TRIPOLI-4 runs using mixed data libraries feature allow us to identify the nuclides and the nuclear data accounting for the major part of the observed reactivity discrepancies.

  5. Status of national programmes on fast reactors 1997/98. 31. annual meeting of the International Working Group on Fast Reactors

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    The objective of the meeting was to co-ordinate the exchange of information on the status of fast reactor development and operational experience, including experience with experimental types of reactor; to consider meeting arrangements for 1998 and 1999; and to review the IAEA co-ordinated research activities in the field of fast reactor, as well as co-ordination of the International Working Group on Fast Reactors activities with other organizations

  6. Fast reactors using molten chloride salts as fuel

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    This report deals with a rather exotic ''paper reactor'' in which the fuel is in the form of molten chlorides. (a) Fast breeder reactor with a mixed fuel cycle of thorium/uranium-233 and uranium 238/plutonium in which all of the plutonium can be burned in situ and in which a denatured mixture of uranium-233 and uranium-238 is used to supply further reactors. The breeding ratio is relatively high, 1.58 and the specific power is 0.75 GW(th)/m3 of core. (b) Fast breeder reactor with two and three zones (internal fertile zone, intermediate fuel zone, external fertile zone) with an extremely high breeding ratio of 1.75 and a specific power of 1.1 GW(th)/m3 of core. (c) Extremely high flux reactor for the transmutation of the fission products: strontium-90 and caesium-137. The efficiency of transmutation is approximately 15 times greater than the spontaneous beta decay. This high flux burner reactor is intended as part of a complex breeder/burner system. (d) Internally cooled fast breeder in which the cooling agent is the molten fertile material, the same as in the blanket zone. This reactor has a moderate breeding ratio of 1.38, a specific power of 0.22 GW(th)/m3 of core and very good inherent safety properties. All of these reactors have the fuel in the form of molten chlorides: PuCl3 as fissile, UCl3 as fertile (if needed) and NaCl as dilutent. The fertile material can be 238UCl3 as fertile and NaCl as dilutent. In mixed fuel cycles the 233UCl3 is also a fissile component with 232ThCl4 as the fertile constituent

  7. The renaissance of fast sodium reactors 2007 assessment: situation and contributions from the Phenix experimental reactor

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    2007-07-01

    The first nuclear reactor to produce electrical current was the fast sodium/potassium reactor EBR-1 in Idaho (Usa). Following this pioneering experience, France, Germany, Great Britain, Usa, Japan, Russia and India launched construction of fast sodium reactors. In the post Chernobyl years, waves of protest against nuclear power grew and swelled, leading to a strong overall slowdown for this reactor type. The SNR-300 project in Germany never started up, and was shut down. In Great Britain, PFR was definitely shut down, operation of MONJU in Japan and BN-800 project in Russia were frozen, FFTF in the United States shut down, and finally the SPX-1 project in France was also stopped. When PHENIX started back up in 2003, there were only three other research reactors operating worldwide: FBTR in India, BOR-60 in Russia and JOYO in Japan, and one power reactor BN-600 in Russia. The Generation-IV initiative was the opportunity for global thinking about reactors for the future, referred to as fourth generation reactors. Six reactor designs were selected, including the fast sodium reactor. However, after several years, most of the countries have officially announced or confirmed that the fast sodium reactor is their priority reference design. In France, within the scope of the law of 28 June 2006, the country has announced and confirmed the decision to build a prototype scheduled for operation in 2020. These and other plans are all sustained in a very practical manner by the ongoing production in the field. PHENIX has been operating since 2003, contributing to the development of future systems and demonstrating the fast reactors ability to burn waste. Following the excellent results obtained by the BN-600, Russia has re-launched the BN-800 project. China is currently in the process of building a 65 MW research reactor, scheduled for divergence in 2009. In Japan, work is underway on MONJU for divergence in 2008. In India, a 1200 MW (thermal) power reactor is under

  8. Fast breeder reactor-block antiseismic design and verification

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    The Specialists' Meeting on ''Fast Breeder Reactor-Block Antiseismic Design and Verification'' was organized by the ENEA Fast Reactor Department in co-operation with the International Working Group (IWGFR) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), according to the recommendations of the 19th IAEA/IWGFR Meeting. It was held in Bologna, at the Headquarters of the ENEA Fast Reactor Department, on October 12-15, 1987, in the framework of the Celebrations for the Ninth Centenary of the Bologna University. The proceedings of the meeting consists of three parts. Part 1 contains the introduction and general comments, the agenda of the meeting, session summaries, conclusions and recommendations and the list of participants. Part 2 contains 8 status reports of Member States participating in the Working Group. Contributed papers were published in Part 3 and were further subdivided into 5 sessions as follows: whole reactor-block analysis (4 papers); whole reactor-block analysis (sloshing and buckling, seismic isolation effects) (8 papers); detailed core analysis (6 papers); shutdown systems and core structural and functional verifications (6 papers); component and piping analysis (7 papers). A separate abstract was prepared for each of the 8 status reports and 31 contributed papers. Refs, figs and tabs

  9. Integral Fast Reactor Program. Annual progress report, FY 1992

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    Chang, Y.I.; Walters, L.C.; Laidler, J.J.; Pedersen, D.R.; Wade, D.C.; Lineberry, M.J.

    1993-06-01

    This report summarizes highlights of the technical progress made in the Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) Program in FY 1992. Technical accomplishments are presented in the following areas of the IFR technology development activities: (1) metal fuel performance, (2) pyroprocess development, (3) safety experiments and analyses, (4) core design development, (5) fuel cycle demonstration, and (6) LMR technology R&D.

  10. Study of fast reactor safety test facilities. Preliminary report

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    Bell, G.I.; Boudreau, J.E.; McLaughlin, T.; Palmer, R.G.; Starkovich, V.; Stein, W.E.; Stevenson, M.G.; Yarnell, Y.L.

    1975-05-01

    Included are sections dealing with the following topics: (1) perspective and philosophy of fast reactor safety analysis; (2) status of accident analysis and experimental needs; (3) experiment and facility definitions; (4) existing in-pile facilities; (5) new facility options; and (6) data acquisition methods. (DG)

  11. Basic cable routing guidelines for a fast reactor plant

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    In this paper the guidelines evolved for cable routing in 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) are presented. Safety related redundant system cables in a nuclear plant shall not become unavailable due to cable fire. This is ensured by proper cable routing in the plant in addition to the other general fire protection measures

  12. Integral Fast Reactor Program annual progress report, FY 1994

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    This report summarizes highlights of the technical progress made in the Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) Program in FY 1994. Technical accomplishments are presented in the following areas of the IFR technology development activities: metal fuel performance; pyroprocess development; safety experiments and analyses; core design development; fuel cycle demonstration; and LMR technology R ampersand D

  13. Status of the fast breeder reactor technology in China

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    According to the Chinese long-term energy strategy the FBR development is strongly supported. In the near term nuclear programme it is intended to build the experimental First Fast Reactor (FFR) in the year 2000. Design work is in progress. (author). 1 ref., 6 figs, 8 tabs

  14. The Programme for Fast Reactor Development in the Russian Federation

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    The paper highlights the status and perspectives on the development of nuclear energy based on fast reactor and closed fuel cycle technologies in the Russian Federation. Information is presented on the new Federal Target Programme 'Nuclear Power Technologies of a New Generation for the Period 2010-2015 and the Outlook to 2020'. (author)

  15. Integral Fast Reactor Program annual progress report, FY 1991

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    This report summarizes highlights of the technical progress made in the Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) Program in FY 1991. Technical accomplishments are presented in the following areas of the IFR technology development activities: (1) metal fuel performance, (2) pyroprocess development, (3) safety experiments and analyses, (4) core design development, (5) fuel cycle demonstration, and (6) LMR technology R ampersand D

  16. Integral Fast Reactor Program. Annual progress report, FY 1993

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    Chang, Y.I.; Walters, L.C.; Laidler, J.J.; Pedersen, D.R.; Wade, D.C.; Lineberry, M.J.

    1994-10-01

    This report summarizes highlights of the technical progress made in the Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) Program in FY 1993. Technical accomplishments are presented in the following areas of the IFR technology development activities: (1) metal fuel performance, (2) pyroprocess development, (3) safety experiments and analyses, (4) core design development, (5) fuel cycle demonstration, and (6) LMR technology R and D.

  17. Symposium on key questions about the fast breeder reactor

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    Except for several introductions on various aspects of the fast breeder reactor development this paper contains the full texts of the discussions held in the sub-groups panels on resp. technical matters, environment and health, society, politics and economics. The main issues of each discussion are summarized

  18. Integral Fast Reactor Program annual progress report, FY 1991

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    1992-06-01

    This report summarizes highlights of the technical progress made in the Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) Program in FY 1991. Technical accomplishments are presented in the following areas of the IFR technology development activities: (1) metal fuel performance, (2) pyroprocess development, (3) safety experiments and analyses, (4) core design development, (5) fuel cycle demonstration, and (6) LMR technology R D.

  19. Integral Fast Reactor Program annual progress report, FY 1991

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    1992-06-01

    This report summarizes highlights of the technical progress made in the Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) Program in FY 1991. Technical accomplishments are presented in the following areas of the IFR technology development activities: (1) metal fuel performance, (2) pyroprocess development, (3) safety experiments and analyses, (4) core design development, (5) fuel cycle demonstration, and (6) LMR technology R&D.

  20. Study of fast reactor safety test facilities. Preliminary report

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    Included are sections dealing with the following topics: (1) perspective and philosophy of fast reactor safety analysis; (2) status of accident analysis and experimental needs; (3) experiment and facility definitions; (4) existing in-pile facilities; (5) new facility options; and (6) data acquisition methods

  1. A comparison of radioactive waste from first generation fusion reactors and fast fission reactors with actinide recycling

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    Limitations of the fission fuel resources will presumably mandate the replacement of thermal fission reactors by fast fission reactors that operate on a self-sufficient closed fuel cycle. This replacement might take place within the next one hundred years, so the direct competitors of fusion reactors will be fission reactors of the latter rather than the former type. Also, fast fission reactors, in contrast to thermal fission reactors, have the potential for transmuting long-lived actinides into short-lived fission products. The associated reduction of the long-term activation of radioactive waste due to actinides makes the comparison of radioactive waste from fast fission reactors to that from fusion reactors more rewarding than the comparison of radioactive waste from thermal fission reactors to that from fusion reactors. Radioactive waste from an experimental and a commercial fast fission reactor and an experimental and a commercial fusion reactor has been characterized. The fast fission reactors chosen for this study were the Experimental Breeder Reactor 2 and the Integral Fast Reactor. The fusion reactors chosen for this study were the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor and a Reduced Activation Ferrite Helium Tokamak. The comparison of radioactive waste parameters shows that radioactive waste from the experimental fast fission reactor may be less hazardous than that from the experimental fusion reactor. Inclusion of the actinides would reverse this conclusion only in the long-term. Radioactive waste from the commercial fusion reactor may always be less hazardous than that from the commercial fast fission reactor, irrespective of the inclusion or exclusion of the actinides. The fusion waste would even be far less hazardous, if advanced structural materials, like silicon carbide or vanadium alloy, were employed

  2. Fast Reactor Knowledge Organization System: Implementation and challenges

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    For three decades, several countries had large and vigorous fast breeder reactor development programmes, which had their peaks by 1980. From that time onward, Fast Reactor (FR) development generally began to decline and efforts for FR reactor development essentially disappeared by 1994. This development stagnation continued until 2003. In September 2003, in Resolution GC(47)/RES/10.B, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference recognised the vitality of nuclear knowledge. The loss of FR knowledge has been taken seriously and the IAEA took the initiative to coordinate the efforts of the member states in the preservation of knowledge in FRs. In the framework of this initiative, the IAEA intends to create an international inventory combining information from different member states on FRs and organized in the knowledge system in a systematic and structured manner

  3. Modular Lead-Bismuth Fast Reactors in Nuclear Power

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    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available On the basis of the unique experience of operating reactors with heavy liquid metal coolant–eutectic lead-bismuth alloy in nuclear submarines, the concept of modular small fast reactors SVBR-100 for civilian nuclear power has been developed and validated. The features of this innovative technology are as follows: a monoblock (integral design of the reactor with fast neutron spectrum, which can operate using different types of fuel in various fuel cycles including MOX fuel in a self-providing mode. The reactor is distinct in that it has a high level of self-protection and passive safety, it is factory manufactured and the assembled reactor can be transported by railway. Multipurpose application of the reactor is presumed, primarily, it can be used for regional power to produce electricity, heat and for water desalination. The Project is being realized within the framework of state-private partnership with joint venture OJSC “AKME-Engineering” established on a parity basis by the State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” and the Limited Liability Company “EuroSibEnergo”.

  4. High temperature fast reactor for hydrogen production in Brazil

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    The main nuclear reactors technology for the Generation IV, on development phase for utilization after 2030, is the fast reactor type with high temperature output to improve the efficiency of the thermo-electric conversion process and to enable applications of the generated heat in industrial process. Currently, water electrolysis and thermo chemical cycles using very high temperature are studied for large scale and long-term hydrogen production, in the future. With the possible oil scarcity and price rise, and the global warming, this application can play an important role in the changes of the world energy matrix. In this context, it is proposed a fast reactor with very high output temperature, ∼ 1000 deg C. This reactor will have a closed fuel cycle; it will be cooled by lead and loaded with nitride fuel. This reactor may be used for hydrogen, heat and electricity production in Brazil. It is discussed a development strategy of the necessary technologies and some important problems are commented. The proposed concept presents characteristics that meet the requirements of the Generation IV reactor class. (author)

  5. Commissioning of the Opal reactor cold neutron source

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    Full text: At OPAL, Australia's first cold neutron facility will form an essential part of the reactor's research programs. Fast neutrons, born in the core of a reactor, interact with a cryogenic material, in this case liquid deuterium, to give them very low energies (10meV). A cold neutron flux of 1.4 10E14n/cm2/s is expected, with a peak in the energy spectrum at 4.2meV. The cold neutron source reached cryogenic conditions for the first time in late 2005. The cold neutron source operates with a sub-cooled liquid Deuterium moderator at 24K. The moderator chamber, which contains the deuterium, has been constructed from AlMg5. The thermosiphon and moderator chamber are cooled by helium gas, in a natural convection thermosiphon loop. The helium refrigeration system utilises the Brayton cycle, and is fully insulated within a high vacuum environment. Despite the proximity of the cold neutron source to the reactor core, it has been considered as effectively separate to the reactor system, due to the design of its special vacuum containment vessel. As OPAL is a multipurpose research reactor, used for beam research as well as radiopharmaceutical production and industrial irradiations, the cold neutron source has been designed with a stand-by mode, to maximise production. The stand-by mode is a warm operating mode using only gaseous deuterium at ambient temperatures (∼ 300K), allowing for continued reactor operations whilst parts of the cold source are unavailable or in maintenance. This is the first time such a stand-by feature has been incorporated into a cold source facility

  6. The generation IV gas-cooled fast reactor

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    The gas cooled fast reactor (GFR) is a helium-cooled fast spectrum reactor operating within a closed fuel cycle. It combines the advantages of fast reactors, in terms of a more sustainable use of uranium resources and waste minimisation, with the wider applicability of high temperature gas reactors, in terms of high efficiency electricity generation and the co-generation of high-quality process heat. Other advantages like the absence of threshold effect due to phase changing, the optical transparency and chemical inertness of the Helium coolant are also acknowledged. Within the European Union, GFR is one of the three fast reactors proposed for development to the demonstration stage within the European Sustainable Nuclear Industry Initiative (ESNII). On a wider global scale, GFR is one of the six systems proposed for further development within the Generation IV International Forum (GIF). In this respect, France, Switzerland, Japan and the European Union (through EURATOM) are signatories to the 'System Arrangement', the instrument through which the international research efforts are coordinated. This paper presents the current status of the development of the GFR system. The status of the GFR programme in each of the signatory countries is summarised including the intended contribution of the newly launched EURATOM 7. Framework Programme project - GoFastR. France has provided the bulk of the effort on conceptual design, safety assessment and fuel development. Switzerland makes significant contributions to the GFR system in the areas of core physics, uncertainty analysis, deterministic safety assessment and fuel development. Historically Japan has been very active in the development of the GFR system. Within the Generation IV GFR system, Japan contributes to the development of fuel and core materials

  7. Status report on the Advanced Photon Source Project at Argonne National Laboratory

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    The Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory is designed as a national synchrotron radiation user facility which will provide extremely bright, highly energetic x-rays for multidisciplinary research. When operational, the Advanced Photon Source will accelerate positrons to a nominal energy of 7 GeV. The positrons will be manipulated by insertion devices to produce x-rays 10,000 times brighter than any currently available for research. Accelerator components, insertion devices, optical elements, and optical-element cooling schemes have been and continue to be the subjects of intensive research and development. A call for Letters of Intent from prospective users of the Advanced Photon Source has resulted in a substantial response from industrial, university, and national laboratory researchers

  8. Fast Neutron Detector for Fusion Reactor KSTAR Using Stilbene Scintillator

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    Lee, Seung Kyu; Kim, Gi-Dong; Kim, Yong-Kyun

    2011-01-01

    Various neutron diagnostic tools are used in fusion reactors to evaluate different aspects of plasma performance, such as fusion power, power density, ion temperature, fast ion energy, and their spatial distributions. The stilbene scintillator has been proposed for use as a neutron diagnostic system to measure the characteristics of neutrons from the Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) fusion reactor. Specially designed electronics are necessary to measure fast neutron spectra with high radiation from a gamma-ray background. The signals from neutrons and gamma-rays are discriminated by the digital charge pulse shape discrimination (PSD) method, which uses total to partial charge ratio analysis. The signals are digitized by a flash analog-to-digital convertor (FADC). To evaluate the performance of the fabricated stilbene neutron diagnostic system, the efficiency of 10 mm soft-iron magnetic shielding and the detection efficiency of fast neutrons were tested experimentally using a 252Cf neutr...

  9. Advance Liquid Metal Reactor Discrete Dynamic Event Tree/Bayesian Network Analysis and Incident Management Guidelines (Risk Management for Sodium Fast Reactors)

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    Denman, Matthew R. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Groth, Katrina M. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Cardoni, Jeffrey N. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Wheeler, Timothy A. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2015-04-01

    Accident management is an important component to maintaining risk at acceptable levels for all complex systems, such as nuclear power plants. With the introduction of self-correcting, or inherently safe, reactor designs the focus has shifted from management by operators to allowing the system's design to manage the accident. Inherently and passively safe designs are laudable, but nonetheless extreme boundary conditions can interfere with the design attributes which facilitate inherent safety, thus resulting in unanticipated and undesirable end states. This report examines an inherently safe and small sodium fast reactor experiencing a beyond design basis seismic event with the intend of exploring two issues : (1) can human intervention either improve or worsen the potential end states and (2) can a Bayesian Network be constructed to infer the state of the reactor to inform (1). ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The authors would like to acknowledge the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy for funding this research through Work Package SR-14SN100303 under the Advanced Reactor Concepts program. The authors also acknowledge the PRA teams at Argonne National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Idaho National Laboratory for their continue d contributions to the advanced reactor PRA mission area.

  10. Reactivity changes in hybrid thermal-fast reactor systems during fast core flooding

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    A new space-dependent kinetic model in adiabatic approximation with local feedback reactivity parameters for reactivity determination in the coupled systems is proposed in this thesis. It is applied in the accident calculation of the 'HERBE' fast-thermal reactor system and compared to usual point kinetics model with core-averaged parameters. Advantages of the new model - more realistic picture of the reactor kinetics and dynamics during local large reactivity perturbation, under the same heat transfer conditions, are underlined. Calculated reactivity parameters of the new model are verified in the experiments performed at the 'HERBE' coupled core. The model has shown that the 'HERBE' safety system can shutdown reactor safely and fast even in the case of highly set power trip and even under conditions of big partial failure of the reactor safety system (author)

  11. Status of fast reactor development in India

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    The economic liberalization process has accelerated the industrial growth and this requires considerable energy input. Nuclear energy has to play an important role in supporting the increasing demand of energy. In this year FBTR was operated at 10.2 MWt power in a sustained manner. Several physics and engineering experiments were carried out. The mixed carbide fuel has achieved a peak burnup of 16,000 MW d/t without failure. First batch of irradiation experiments was completed and pins were delivered to RML for PIE. For PFBR, a thorough review of the conceptual design was carried out towards reducing the capital cost, construction time and for improving plant reliability. A 2 loop concept with 2 PSPs, 4 IHXs and 2 secondary loops having 4 integrated SG modules has been finally chosen with an expected savings of 15% in NSSS capital cost, 2-3 years in construction time and 10-12% in capacity factor. Number of materials to be used for major components was reduced to three to facilitate speedy development. Operating temperatures were finalized after optimization studies. Discussion is in progress to finalize fuel handling system. Research and development activities are continuing at ICGAR in the areas of reactor physics, engineering development, core engineering, thermal hydraulics, structural mechanics, metallurgy, post irradiation examination, instrumentation and electronics, chemistry, fuel reprocessing, safety research and health physics etc. (author). 9 figs

  12. BN800: The advanced sodium cooled fast reactor plant based on close fuel cycle

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    As one of the advanced countries with actually fastest reactor technology, Russia has always taken a leading role in the forefront of the development of fast reactor technology. After successful operation of BN600 fast reactor nuclear power station with a capacity of six hundred thousand kilowatts of electric power for nearly 30 years, and after a few decades of several design optimization improved and completed on its basis, it is finally decided to build Unit 4 of Beloyarsk nuclear power station (BN800 fast reactor power station). The BN800 fast reactor nuclear power station is considered to be the project of the world's most advanced fast reactor nuclear power being put into implementation. The fast reactor technology in China has been developed for decades. With the Chinese pilot fast reactor to be put into operation soon, the Chinese model fast reactor power station has been put on the agenda. Meanwhile, the closed fuel cycle development strategy with fast reactor as key aspect has given rise to the concern of experts and decision-making level in relevant areas. Based on the experiences accumulated in many years in dealing the Sino-Russian cooperation in fast reactor technology, with reference to the latest Russian published and authoritative literatures regarding BN800 fast reactor nuclear power station, the author compiled this article into a comprehensive introduction for reference by leaders and experts dealing in the related fields of nuclear fuel cycle strategy and fast reactor technology development researches, etc. (authors)

  13. Sodium Fast Reactor Safety and Licensing Research Plan

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    This paper summarizes potential research priorities for the US Department of Energy (DOE) with the intent of improving the licensability of the sodium cooled fast reactor (SFR). In support of this project, five panels were tasked with identifying potential safety related gaps in the available information, data and models needed to support the licensing of an SFR. The areas examined were sodium technology; accident sequences and initiators; source term characterization, codes and methods; and fuels and materials. It is the intent of this paper to utilize a structured and transparent process that incorporates feedback from all interested stakeholders to suggest future funding priorities for SFR research and development. While numerous gaps were identified, two cross-cutting gaps related to knowledge preservation were agreed upon by all panels and should be addressed in the near future. The first gap is a need to re-evaluate the current procedures for removing the applied technology access control designation from old documents. The second cross-cutting gap is the need for a robust knowledge management and preservation system in all SFR research areas. Closure of these and the other identified gaps will require both a reprioritization of funding within DOE as well as a re-evaluation of existing bureaucratic procedures within the DOE associated with applied technology and knowledge management. (author)

  14. Sodium fast reactor safety and licensing research plan. Volume I.

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    Sofu, Tanju (Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL); LaChance, Jeffrey L.; Bari, R. (Brokhaven National Laboratory Upton, NY); Wigeland, Roald (Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID); Denman, Matthew R.; Flanagan, George F. (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN)

    2012-05-01

    This report proposes potential research priorities for the Department of Energy (DOE) with the intent of improving the licensability of the Sodium Fast Reactor (SFR). In support of this project, five panels were tasked with identifying potential safety-related gaps in available information, data, and models needed to support the licensing of a SFR. The areas examined were sodium technology, accident sequences and initiators, source term characterization, codes and methods, and fuels and materials. It is the intent of this report to utilize a structured and transparent process that incorporates feedback from all interested stakeholders to suggest future funding priorities for the SFR research and development. While numerous gaps were identified, two cross-cutting gaps related to knowledge preservation were agreed upon by all panels and should be addressed in the near future. The first gap is a need to re-evaluate the current procedures for removing the Applied Technology designation from old documents. The second cross-cutting gap is the need for a robust Knowledge Management and Preservation system in all SFR research areas. Closure of these and the other identified gaps will require both a reprioritization of funding within DOE as well as a re-evaluation of existing bureaucratic procedures within the DOE associated with Applied Technology and Knowledge Management.

  15. Innovations in Equipment Erection of Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR)

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    Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) is sodium cooled, pool type reactor with generating capacity of 1250 MWt/500 MWe. Reactor assembly consists of large dimensional vessels like Safety vessel (13.54 m diameter, 12.8 m height and weight approximately 155 MT) and Main vessel (12.9 m diameter, 12.94 m height and weight approximately 202 MT including core catcher, core support structure and cooling pipes) and Steam generator (26 m length, 1.5 m diameter, and weight approximately 35 MT). PFBR reactor equipment erection was a challenging task where thin walled vessels had transported and handled with utmost precaution to avoid radial forces on the vessels which could buckle the vessels. There was a real challenge in lifting the vessels without swing, placement of large size and heavy vessel at a distance of 57 m where the crane operator had no line of site to the equipment being erected. To handle such over dimensional reactor components many mock-up tests had been carried out before erection and gained lot of confidence. Lot of care had been taken during lifting, handling and erection of thin walled over dimensional reactor components with innovative methods used for lifting fixtures, guiding arrangements, alignment fixtures and achieved the stringent erection tolerances. This paper discusses the first ever experiences gained during the handling and erection of such thin walled, over dimensional reactor components at PFBR site. (author)

  16. Reactor shutdown system of prototype fast breeder reactor

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    Full text: The shutdown system of PFBR is designed to assure a very high reliability by employing well known principles of redundancy, diversity and independence. The failure probability of the shutdown system limited to -6/ ry. Salient features of the shutdown system are: Two independent shutdown systems, each of them able to accommodate an additional single failure and made up of a trip system and an associated absorber rod group. Diversity between trip systems, rods and mechanisms. Initiation of SCRAM by two diverse physical parameters of the two shutdown systems for design events leading potentially to unacceptable conditions is the core. The first group of nine rods called control and safety rods (CSR) is used for both shutdown as well as power regulation. The second group consisting of three rods known as diverse safety rods (DSR) is used only for shutdown. Diversity between the two groups is ensured by varying the operating conditions of the electromagnets and the configurations of the mobile parts. The reactivity worth of the absorber rods have been chosen such that each group of rods would ensure cold shutdown on SCRAM even when the most reactive rod of the group fails to drop. Together the two groups ensure a shutdown margin of 5000 pcm. The speed and individual rod worth of the CSR is chosen from operational and safety considerations during reactor start up and raising of power. Required drop time of rods during SCRAM depends on the incident considered. For a severe reactivity incident of 3 $/s this has to be limited to 1s and is ensured by limiting electromagnet response time and facilitating drop by gravity. Design safety limits for core components have been determined and SCRAM parameters have been identified by plant dynamic analysis to restrict the temperatures of core components within the limits. The SCRAM parameters are distributed between the two systems appropriately. Fault tree analysis of the system has been carried out to determine the

  17. Fast reactor development strategy targets study in China

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    China is a big developing Country who needs a huge energy resources and a rapid growing rate. Considering energy resources limited and environment issues it is sure that the nuclear energy will be becoming one of the main energy resources. The Government has decided to develop the nuclear power capacity to 40 GW in 2020. It is envisaged that it will reach to 240 GW in 2050. It is stimulate us to consider conscientiously the development of the fast breeder reactor's and related closed nuclear fuel cycle by the limitation of Uranium resources and uncertainties of international Uranium market. Followings are the proposed strategic targets of fast reactor development in China. (1) To realize the operation of commercial fast breeder reactors with an unit size of 800-900 MWe and one site-multi reactors in 2030. (2) To develop the nuclear power capacity to 240 GW in 2050. (3) To replace step by step the fossil fuel utilization in large scale by nuclear energy beyond 2050. (authors)

  18. Physics aspects of metal fuelled fast reactors with thorium blanket

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    Mohapatra, D.K., E-mail: dina@igcar.gov.in; Singh, S.S.; Riyas, A.; Mohanakrishnan, P.

    2013-12-15

    Metal fuelled fast breeder reactors (MFBR) with high breeding ratio will play a major role in meeting the high nuclear power growth envisaged in India. In this regard several conceptual reactor designs with alloys of U–Pu–Zr fuel have been suggested for commercial operations. This study focusses on the physics design aspects of a sodium cooled U–Pu–6%Zr fuelled 1000 MWe fast breeder reactor, which can attain a breeding ratio of nearly 1.5. The calculation results on reactor kinetics and safety parameters of the 1000 MWe MFBR are presented. The changes in the breeding ratio by introduction of thorium in the blankets of the MFBR are also investigated. Burnup analyses are carried out to compare the core burnup effects in MOX and metal fuelled FBRs. Since the MOX fuelled 500 MWe prototype fast breeder is getting constructed at IGCAR, for burnup comparisons a MFBR of similar design is considered. The results of this study indicate that the loss of reactivity in the metal core with burnup is less than half that of a MOX core and its breeding ratio remains nearly constant. It is also found that the isotopic composition of plutonium (Pu-vector composition) remains more steady with burnup in a metal core.

  19. Design of fuel fabrication plant of Fast Reactor Fuel Cycle Facility for reload requirement of Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor

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    India's economic growth is on a fast growth track. The energy demand is expected to grow rapidly in the coming decades. The growth in population and economy is creating huge demand for energy which has to be met with environmentally benign technologies. Nuclear energy is best suited to meet this demand in a sustainable manner without causing undue environmental impact. Fast reactors are expected to be major contributors in sufficing this demand to a great extent. As an effort to achieve the objective, a Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor is being constructed at Kalpakkam. This paper also highlights the design features of FFP, unit operations, scheme of automation, branched layout of glove box train, shielding arrangement on glove boxes, accident consequence analysis etc.

  20. Physical and technical aspects of lead cooled fast reactors safety

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    Orlov, V.V.; Smirnov, V.S.; Filin, A.I. [Research and Development Institute of Power Engineering, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2001-07-01

    The safety analysis of lead-cooled fast reactors has been performed for the well-developed concept of BREST-OD-300 reactor. The most severe accidents have been considered. An ultimate design-basis accident has been defined as an event resulting from an external impact and involving a loss of leak-tightness of the lead circuit, loss of forced circulation of lead and loss of heat sink to the secondary circuit, failure of controls and of reactor scram with resultant insertion of total reactivity margin, etc. It was assumed in accident analysis that the protective feature available for accident mitigation was only reactivity feedback on the changes in the temperatures of the reactor core elements and coolant flow rate, and in some cases also actuation of passive protections of threshold action in response to low flow rate and high coolant temperature at the core outlet. It should be noted that the majority of the analyzed accidents could be overcame even without initiation of the above protections. It has been demonstrated that a combination of inherent properties of lead coolant, nitride fuel, physical and design features of fast reactors will ensure natural safety of BREST and are instrumental for avoiding by a deterministic approach the accidents associated with a significant release of radioactivity and requiring evacuation of people in any credible initiating event and a combination of events. (author)

  1. Characteristics of fast reactor core designs and closed fuel cycle

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    Poplavsky, V.M.; Eliseev, V.A.; Matveev, V.I.; Khomyakov, Y.S.; Tsyboulya, A.M.; Tsykunov, A.G.; Chebeskov, A.N. [State Scientific Center of the Russian Federation, Institute for Physics and Power Engineering (IPPE), Obninsk, Kaluga Region (Russian Federation)

    2007-07-01

    On the basis of the results of recent studies, preliminary basic requirements related to characteristics of fast reactor core and nuclear fuel cycle were elaborated. Decreasing reactivity margin due to approaching breeding ratio to 1, requirements to support non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, and requirements to decrease amount of radioactive waste are under consideration. Several designs of the BN-800 reactor core have been studied. In the case of MOX fuel it is possible to reach a breeding ratio about 1 due to the use of larger size of fuel elements with higher fuel density. Keeping low axial fertile blanket that would be reprocessed altogether with the core, it is possible to set up closed fuel cycle with the use of own produced plutonium only. Conceptual core designs of advanced commercial reactor BN-1800 with MOX and nitride fuel are also under consideration. It has been shown that it is expedient to use single enrichment fuel core design in this reactor in order to reach sufficient flattening and stability of power rating in the core. The main feature of fast reactor fuel cycle is a possibility to utilize plutonium and minor actinides which are the main contributors to the long-living radiotoxicity in irradiated nuclear fuel. The results of comparative analytical studies on the risk of plutonium proliferation in case of open and closed fuel cycle of nuclear power are also presented in the paper. (authors)

  2. Fast reactor programme. Annual progress report 1982

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    The status of recent fast-capture cross sections for important fission-product nuclides has been reviewed; an intercomparison of evaluations for Eu-isotopes has been made and corrections have been applied to recent reported evaluations of neutron capture cross sections for Pd isotopes. An outline of the evaluation procedure for the nuclides sup(58g)Co and sup(58m)Co is given. The evaluation of the cover-gas nuclides has been completed with additional results for 36Ar and 38Ar. Some results of the latest fuel failure experiments under simulated reduced coolant conditions, the so-called SHOT experiments, are given. The first irradiation experiments with the prototype irradiation facility HFR-TOP 01 are described. Neutron flux calculations have been performed to determine the dimensions of a flux depression plate to achieve a symmetric flux distribution inside the fuel during pre-irradiation. The creep investigations on various heats and welded joints of DIN 1.4948 have been finished; the main findings are reported. A first project on the low-cycle fatigue behaviour of DIN 1.4948 has been completed. A three-dimensional finite element analysis has been performed on compact tension test specimen having a curved crack-front due to crack-tunneling. A code version of the VITESSE computer code has been developed to predict the thermohydraulic behaviour of distorted bundle geometries. Results from the LDA measuring programmes in the different test sections with respect to the secondary flow velocities are reported. Noise measurements in an unblocked 60 deg. reference bundle have been performed. (Auth.)

  3. Sodium fast reactor power monitoring using gamma spectrometry

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    Coulon, R.; Normand, S.; Barbot, L.; Domenech, T.; Kondrasovs, V.; Corre, G.; Frelin, A.M. [CEA, LIST, Laboratoire Capteurs et Architectures Electroniques, CEA - Saclay DRT/LIST/DETECS/SSTM, Batiment 516 - P.C. no 72, Gif sur Yvette, F-91191 (France); Montagu, T.; Dautremer, T.; Barat, E. [CEA, LIST, Laboratoire Processus Stochastiques et Spectres (France); Ban, G. [ENSICAEN (France)

    2009-06-15

    This work deals with the use of high flux gamma spectrometry to monitor the fourth generation of sodium fast reactor (SFR) power. The simulation study part of this work has shown that power monitoring in a short time response and with a good accuracy is possible. An experimental test is under preparation at the French SFR Phenix experimental reactor to validate simulation studies. First, physical calculations have been done to correlate gamma activity to the released thermal power. Gamma emitter production rate in the reactor core was calculated with technical and nuclear data as the sodium velocity, the atomic densities, Phenix neutron spectrum and incident neutron cross-sections of reactions producing gamma emitters. A thermal hydraulic transfer function was used for modeling primary sodium flow in our calculations. For the power monitoring problematic, use of a short decay period gamma emitter will allow to have a very fast response system without cumulative effect. We have determined that the best tagging agent is 20F which emits 1634 keV energy photons with a decay period of 11 s. The gamma spectrum was determined by flux point and a pulse high tally MCNP5.1.40 simulation and shown the possibility to measure the signal of this radionuclide. The experiment will be set during the reactor 'end life testing'. The Delayed Neutron Detection (DND) room has been chosen as the best available location on Phenix reactor to measure this kind of radionuclide due to a short transit time from reactor core to measurement sample. This location is optimum for global power measurement because homogenized sampling in the reactor hot pool. The main spectrometer is composed of a coaxial high purity germanium diode (HPGe) coupled with a transistor reset preamplifier. The HPGe diode signal will be processed by the Adonis digital signal processing due to high flux and fast activity measurement. Post-processing softwares will be used to limit statistical problems of the

  4. Multiple recycling of fuel in prototype fast breeder reactor

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    G Pandikumar; V Gopalakrishnan; P Mohanakrishnan

    2009-05-01

    In a thermal neutron reactor, multiple recycle of U–Pu fuel is not possible due to degradation of fissile content of Pu in just one recycle. In the FBR closed fuel cycle, possibility of multi-recycle has been recognized. In the present study, Pu-239 equivalence approach is used to demonstrate the feasibility of achieving near constant input inventory of Pu and near stable Pu isotopic composition after a few recycles of the same fuel of the prototype fast breeder reactor under construction at Kalpakkam. After about five recycles, the cycle-to-cycle variation in the above parameters is below 1%.

  5. Criteria for structural verification of fast reactor core elements

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    Structural and functional criteria and relative verifications of PEC reactor fuel element are presented and discussed. Particular attention has been given to differentiate the structural verifications of low neutronic damage zones from those high neutronic damage ones. The structural verification criteria, which had already been presented at the 8th SMIRT Seminar Conference in Paris, have had some modifications during the Safety Report preparation. Finally some necessary activities are indicated for structural criteria validation, in particular for irradiated components, and for converging towards a European fast reactor code. (author). 3 refs, 6 tabs

  6. Technical meeting to 'Preserve fast reactor physics knowledge'. Working material

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    The meeting extended its scope beyond reactor physics to include all the main areas of fast reactor data retrieval and knowledge preservation (FR KP). The participants presented the status of the national FR KP efforts and the progress achieved since the kick-off meeting of the IAEA initiative (meeting hosted by ANL-West in Idaho Falls, Idaho, 2-4 April 2002). Details are given in Section 2. The Scientific Secretary of the Technical Working Group on Fast Reactors (TWG-FR) presented the Agency activities (KNK II data and documentation retrieval and preservation), and recalled the Agency's role in this initiative: - Coordination of the national efforts - Ensuring the collaboration with other International Organizations (mainly OECD/NEA) - Establishing and maintaining the access means to the ultimate goal of the initiative, the 'fast reactor knowledge base'. The integration of specific activities relevant to the FR KP initiative, which are planned within the framework of the TWG-FR, was discussed. It was agreed to implement the following as TWG-FR tasks with clear relevance to FR KP initiative: - Japanese 'Proposal from Monju relevant to Fast Reactor Knowledge Preservation Activity in the framework of the IAEA TWG-FR' - Proposal of a CRP on 'Generalization and Analyses of Operational Experience with Fast Reactor Equipment and Systems' - TM on 'Handling of Sodium Coming from Decommissioned Fast Reactors and from the Shutdown of Experimental Facilities' (if not already covered by the TECDOC being prepared by IAEA's Nuclear Waste Technology Section). While the responsibility for fast reactor knowledge preservation, data retrieval and interpretation, as well as quality assurance will rest with the individual Member States joining the FR KP initiative, the participants confirmed the Agency's role (see above). More specifically, the participants in the meeting recommended that the IAEA - support and coordinate data retrieval and interpretation efforts by the fast reactor

  7. Technical committee meeting on Liquid Metal Fast Reactor (LMFR) developments. 33rd annual meeting of the International Working Group on Fast Reactors (IWG-FR). Working material

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    Over the past 33 years, the IAEA has actively encouraged and advocated international cooperation in fast reactor technology. The present publication contains information on the status of fast reactor development and on worldwide activities in this advanced nuclear power technology during 1999/2000, as reported at the 33. annual meeting of the International Working Group on Fast Reactors. It is intended to provide information regarding the current status of LMFR development in IAEA Member States

  8. A telescope for monitoring fast neutron sources

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    In the framework of nuclear waste management, highly radiotoxic long-lived fission products and minor actinides are planned to be transmuted in a sub-critical reactor coupled with an intense external neutron source. The latter source would be created by a high-energy proton beam hitting a high atomic number target. Such a new system, termed an accelerator-driven system (ADS), requires on-line and robust reactivity monitoring. The ratio between the beam current delivered by the accelerator and the reactor power level, or core neutron flux, is the basis of one method which could give access to a core reactivity change. In order to test reactivity measurement technique, some experimental programs use 14-MeV neutrons originating from the interaction of a deuteron beam with a tritium target as an external neutron source. In this case, the target tritium consumption over time precludes use of the beam current for reactivity monitoring and the external neutron source intensity must be monitored directly. A range telescope has been developed for this purpose, consisting of the assembly of a hydrogenous neutron converter and three silicon stages where the recoiling protons are detected. In this article, the performances of such a telescope are presented and compared to Monte-Carlo simulations

  9. Comparative analysis of thorium and uranium fuel for transuranic recycle in a sodium cooled Fast Reactor

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    Highlights: • Thorium as support fertile material for TRU transmutation in Fast Reactors. • Comparative analysis of Th and U based breakeven and burner Fast Reactors. • Thorium fosters significant advantages in terms of safety parameters. • Inherent safety is investigated through quasi-static reactivity and energy balances. • Th use in low-CR Fast Reactors does not reduce fuel decay heat and neutron sources. - Abstract: The present paper compares the reactor physics and transmutation performance of sodium-cooled Fast Reactors (FRs) for TRansUranic (TRU) burning with thorium (Th) or uranium (U) as fertile materials. The 1000 MWt Toshiba-Westinghouse Advanced Recycling Reactor (ARR) conceptual core has been used as benchmark for the comparison. Both burner and breakeven configurations sustained or started with a TRU supply, and assuming full actinide homogeneous recycle strategy, have been developed. State-of-the-art core physics tools have been employed to establish fuel inventory and reactor physics performances for equilibrium and transition cycles. Results show that Th fosters large improvements in the reactivity coefficients associated with coolant expansion and voiding, which enhances safety margins and, for a burner design, can be traded for maximizing the TRU burning rate. A trade-off of Th compared to U is the significantly larger fuel inventory required to achieve a breakeven design, which entails additional blankets at the detriment of core compactness as well as fuel manufacturing and separation requirements. The gamma field generated by the progeny of U-232 in the U bred from Th challenges fuel handling and manufacturing, but in case of full recycle, the high contents of Am and Cm in the transmutation fuel impose remote fuel operations regardless of the presence of U-232

  10. Fast breeder reactors: Experience and trends. V. 2

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    The IAEA Symposium on ''Fast Breeder Reactors: Experience and Future Trends'' was held, at the invitation of the Government of France, in Lyons, France, on 22-26 July 1985. It was hosted by the French Commissariat a l'energie atomique and Electricite de France. The purpose of the Symposium was to review the experience gained so far in the field of LMFBRs, taking into account the constructional, operational, technological, economic and fuel cycle aspects, and to consider the developmental trends as well as the international co-operation in fast breeder reactor design and utilization. The Symposium was attended by almost 400 participants (340 participants, 35 observers and 20 journalists) from 25 countries and five international organizations. More than 80 papers were presented and discussed during six regular sessions and four poster sessions. A separate abstract was prepared for each of these papers

  11. Computational Neutronics Methods and Transmutation Performance Analyses for Fast Reactors

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    R. Ferrer; M. Asgari; S. Bays; B. Forget

    2007-03-01

    The once-through fuel cycle strategy in the United States for the past six decades has resulted in an accumulation of Light Water Reactor (LWR) Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF). This SNF contains considerable amounts of transuranic (TRU) elements that limit the volumetric capacity of the current planned repository strategy. A possible way of maximizing the volumetric utilization of the repository is to separate the TRU from the LWR SNF through a process such as UREX+1a, and convert it into fuel for a fast-spectrum Advanced Burner Reactor (ABR). The key advantage in this scenario is the assumption that recycling of TRU in the ABR (through pyroprocessing or some other approach), along with a low capture-to-fission probability in the fast reactor’s high-energy neutron spectrum, can effectively decrease the decay heat and toxicity of the waste being sent to the repository. The decay heat and toxicity reduction can thus minimize the need for multiple repositories. This report summarizes the work performed by the fuel cycle analysis group at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to establish the specific technical capability for performing fast reactor fuel cycle analysis and its application to a high-priority ABR concept. The high-priority ABR conceptual design selected is a metallic-fueled, 1000 MWth SuperPRISM (S-PRISM)-based ABR with a conversion ratio of 0.5. Results from the analysis showed excellent agreement with reference values. The independent model was subsequently used to study the effects of excluding curium from the transuranic (TRU) external feed coming from the LWR SNF and recycling the curium produced by the fast reactor itself through pyroprocessing. Current studies to be published this year focus on analyzing the effects of different separation strategies as well as heterogeneous TRU target systems.

  12. Modelling Homogeneous Nucleation in Sodium Fast Reactors under BDBA Conditions

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    Garcia, M.; Herranz, L. E.; Kissane, M.

    2014-07-01

    During postulated Beyond Design Basis Accidents (BDBAs) in Sodium-cooled Fast Reactors (SFRs), the contaminated coolant discharge at high temperature into the containment is considered as a potential scenario during the severe accident progression. In this scenario, the vaporization of sodium and its subsequent combustion (oxidation) would result in supersaturated sodium oxide vapours and formation of large quantities of contaminated aerosols by nucleation of these combustion products. (Author)

  13. Fast neutron reactor fuel elements and power grid duty cycling

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    The PHENIX power grid cycling operation in 1982-1983 will allow verification of the models and criteria developed in the interim. It will provide indispensible statistical data and will open the way to power grid duty for Super PHENIX beginning in 1986. Although at the present time it is impossible to resolve the question of weekly or daily load variations, it is felt that fast neutron reactor fuel subassemblies should provide satisfactory performance for primary and secondary frequency adjustments

  14. Evaluation of the breed/burn fast reactor concept

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    A core design concept and fuel management strategy, designated breed/burn, has been evaluated for heterogeneous fast breeder reactors. In this concept internal blanket assemblies after fissile material is bred in over several incore cycles, are shuffled into a moderated radial blanket and/or central island. The most promising materials combination identified used thorium in the internal blankets (due to the superior performance of epithermal Th-U233 systems) and zirconium hydride (ZrH16) as the moderator

  15. Status of national programmes on fast breeder reactors

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    The present document contains information on the status of fast breeder reactor development and on worldwide activities in this advanced nuclear power technology during 1989 as reported at the 23rd meeting of the IWGFR in Vienna, April 1990. The publication is intended to provide information regarding the current status of LMFBR development in IAEA Member States. A separate abstract was prepared for each of the 11 papers presented by the participants of this meeting. Refs, figs and tabs

  16. A methodology of neutronic-thermodynamics simulation for fast reactor

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    Aiming at a general optimization of the project, controlled fuel depletion and management, this paper develop a neutronic thermodynamics simulator, SIRZ, which besides being sufficiently precise, is also economic. That results in a 75% reduction in CPU time, for a startup calculation, when compared with the same calculation at the CITATION code. The simulation system by perturbation calculations, applied to fast reactors, which produce errors smaller than 1% in all components of the reference state given by the CITATION code was tested. (author)

  17. Knowledge management: knowledge and competence maintaining; problematics; Fast reactor example

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    In this expose are examined two representative aspects, with a first part reserved to the general problematics of the knowledge and competence maintaining as it looks at Framatome, in its activities of pressurized water boiler supplier (PWR) and as provider of nuclear services, and a second part treating the solutions used by the different actors intervening in fast neutrons reactors, that is to say, the Cea, Framatome and EDF. (N.C.)

  18. Status of national programmes on fast breeder reactors

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    The present document contains information on the status of fast breeder reactor development and on worldwide activities in this advanced nuclear power technology during 1990 as reported at the 24th meeting of the IWGFR in Tsuruga, Japan, 15-18 April 1991. The publication is intended to provide information regarding the current status of LMFBR development in IAEA Member States and CEC. Figs and tabs

  19. A Comparison of Long-Lived, Proliferation Resistant Fast Reactors

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    Weaver, Kevan Dean; Herring, James Stephen; Mac Donald, Philip Elsworth

    2001-09-01

    Various methods have been proposed to transmute and thus consume the current inventory of trans-uranic waste that exists in spent light-water-reactor fuel. These methods include both critical and sub-critical systems. The neutronics of metallic and nitride fuels loaded with 20-30wt% light-water-reactor plutonium plus minor actinides for use in a lead-bismuth and sodium cooled fast reactor are discussed, with an emphasis on the fuel cycle life and isotopic content. Calculations show that core life can extend beyond 20 years, and the average actinide burn rate is similar for both the sodium and lead-bismuth cooled cases ranging from 0.5 to 0.9 g/MWd.

  20. Computational intelligent systems for Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor

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    Nearly 15000 process signals are digitized by physically and functionally distributed embedded systems in Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR). Digitized signals are processed and relevant information is displayed through Large video display systems at Control Room. It is necessary that correct and reliable information need to be provided to the plant operator. Computational intelligent systems play a major role in enhancing the safe operation of the Nuclear reactor. The paper explains the features of three such systems, one for on-line validation of neutronic power channel through on-line thermal balance calculation and another for detection of anomalous reactivity addition through on-line reactivity balance computation and third for on-line computation of Reactor power from fluctuations of core thermocouple signals. (author)

  1. Delayed gamma power measurement for sodium-cooled fast reactors

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    Coulon, R., E-mail: romain.coulon@cea.f [CEA, LIST, Laboratoire Capteurs et Architectures Electroniques, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Normand, S., E-mail: stephane.normand@cea.f [CEA, LIST, Laboratoire Capteurs et Architectures Electroniques, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Ban, G., E-mail: ban@lpccaen.in2p3.f [ENSICAEN, 6 Boulevard Marechal Juin, F-14050 Caen Cedex 4 (France); Barat, E.; Montagu, T.; Dautremer, T. [CEA, LIST, Laboratoire Modelisation Simulation et Systemes, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Brau, H.-P. [ICSM, Centre de Marcoule, BP 17171 F-30207 Bagnols sur Ceze (France); Dumarcher, V. [AREVA NP, SET, F-84500 Bollene (France); Michel, M.; Barbot, L.; Domenech, T.; Boudergui, K.; Bourbotte, J.-M. [CEA, LIST, Laboratoire Capteurs et Architectures Electroniques, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Jousset, P. [CEA, LIST, Departement des Capteurs, du Signal et de l' Information, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Barouch, G.; Ravaux, S.; Carrel, F. [CEA, LIST, Laboratoire Modelisation Simulation et Systemes, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Saurel, N. [CEA, DAM, Laboratoire Mesure de Dechets et Expertise, F-21120 Is-sur-Tille (France); Frelin-Labalme, A.-M.; Hamrita, H. [CEA, LIST, Laboratoire Capteurs et Architectures Electroniques, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France)

    2011-01-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Research highlights: {sup 20}F and {sup 23}Ne tagging agents are produced by fast neutron flux. {sup 20}F signal has been measured at the SFR Phenix prototype. A random error of only 3% for an integration time of 2 s could be achieved. {sup 20}F and {sup 23}Ne power measurement has a reduced temperature influence. Burn-up impact could be limited by simultaneous {sup 20}F and {sup 23}Ne measurement. - Abstract: Previous works on pressurized water reactors show that the nitrogen 16 activation product can be used to measure thermal power. Power monitoring using a more stable indicator than ex-core neutron measurements is required for operational sodium-cooled fast reactors, in order to improve their economic efficiency at the nominal operating point. The fluorine 20 and neon 23 produced by (n,{alpha}) and (n,p) capture in the sodium coolant have this type of convenient characteristic, suitable for power measurements with low build-up effects and a potentially limited temperature, flow rate, burn-up and breeding dependence. This method was tested for the first time during the final tests program of the French Phenix sodium-cooled fast reactor at CEA Marcoule, using the ADONIS gamma pulse analyzer. Despite a non-optimal experimental configuration for this application, the delayed gamma power measurement was pre-validated, and found to provide promising results.

  2. Delayed gamma power measurement for sodium-cooled fast reactors

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    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Research highlights: →20F and 23Ne tagging agents are produced by fast neutron flux. →20F signal has been measured at the SFR Phenix prototype. → A random error of only 3% for an integration time of 2 s could be achieved. →20F and 23Ne power measurement has a reduced temperature influence. → Burn-up impact could be limited by simultaneous 20F and 23Ne measurement. - Abstract: Previous works on pressurized water reactors show that the nitrogen 16 activation product can be used to measure thermal power. Power monitoring using a more stable indicator than ex-core neutron measurements is required for operational sodium-cooled fast reactors, in order to improve their economic efficiency at the nominal operating point. The fluorine 20 and neon 23 produced by (n,α) and (n,p) capture in the sodium coolant have this type of convenient characteristic, suitable for power measurements with low build-up effects and a potentially limited temperature, flow rate, burn-up and breeding dependence. This method was tested for the first time during the final tests program of the French Phenix sodium-cooled fast reactor at CEA Marcoule, using the ADONIS gamma pulse analyzer. Despite a non-optimal experimental configuration for this application, the delayed gamma power measurement was pre-validated, and found to provide promising results.

  3. Romanian Contribution to the Development of Lead Cooled Fast Reactors

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    In Romania the nuclear energy is considered an important component of energy mix and for a country sustainable development. Presently based on PHWR CANDU technology, the research and development activities, part of the national nuclear power programme, provide an increased effort towards generation 4, dedicated to support fast reactor lead technology. In the European framework (EU R&D Framework Programmes, European Sustainable Nuclear Industry Initiative) devoted to the development of GenerationIV technologies, Romania is contributing as a partner in EU R&D projects together with a large number of EU research organizations and in the ALFRED MoU, having ANSALDO Nucleare, ENEA and INR as initial members. ALFRED (Advanced Lead Fast Reactor European Demonstrator) project aims to build a 125MWe lead cooled fast reactor demonstrator, connected to the electrical network, with a target date for operation start-up in 2025. In February 2011 Romanian Government approved the option to host ALFRED demonstrator. Based on the access to European structural funds, existing nuclear experience and EU orientation to build the demonstrators in the new member states, Romania is an important option for siting process. An investigation of the existing national capabilities, identification of additional infrastructure and identification of the professional development needs in order to prepare the siting national support are presented in the paper. The main approaches and needed resources to meet expected requirements for ALFRED implementation are discussed as well. (author)

  4. Methods and tools to detect thermal noise in fast reactors

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    The Specialists' Meeting on ''Methods and Tools to Detect Thermal Noise in Fast Reactors'' was held in Bologna on 8-10 October 1984. The meeting was hosted by the ENEA and was sponsored by the IAEA on the recommendation of the International Working Group on Fast Reactors. 17 participants attended the meeting from France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, Joint Research Centre of CEC and from IAEA. The meeting was presided over by Prof. Mario Motta of Italy. The purpose of the meeting was to review and discuss methods and tools for temperature noise detection and related analysis as a potential means for detecting local blockages in fuel and blanket subassemblies and other faults in LMFBR. The meeting was divided into four technical sessions as follows: 1. National review presentations on application purposes and research activities for thermal noise detection. (5 papers); 2. Detection instruments and electronic equipment for temperature measurements in fast reactors. (5 papers); 3. Physical models. (2 papers); 4. Signal processing techniques. (3 papers). A separate abstract was prepared for each of these papers

  5. Application of nitrogen alloyed steels for Indian Fast Reactor programme

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    Towards building fast reactors for fulfilling energy requirements through second stage of nuclear power program planned by Department of Atomic Energy, a 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) is under advanced stage of construction at Kalpakkam, a coastal site. Nitrogen alloyed types 304LN and 316LN austenitic Stainless Steels have been selected for out of core components except for the steam generator primarily due to inclusion in the design codes favourable effect of nitrogen on mechanical strength and sensitization, and excellent weldability. For the once through steam generator design selected from economics and safety, modified 9Cr-1 Mo (Gr 91) has been selected from inclusion in the design codes, adequate mechanical strength, sound industrial experience and carbon transfer considerations. The presentation highlights the application of nitrogen alloyed types 304LN and 316LN SS, as well as modified 9Cr-1Mo steel for PFBR, and the influence of increased nitrogen alloying on mechanical properties on SS 316L for application to future fast reactors. (author)

  6. Optimization of ultra-long cycle fast reactor core

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    An optimization of an ultra-long cycle fast reactor (UCFR) design with a power rate of 1000 MW (electric), UCFR-1000, has been performed to increase the safety of UCFR. Firstly, geometric optimization has been performed to decrease its peaking factors so that the peak temperatures measured by thermal hydraulic feedback are within the limit of design basis event (DBE). Secondly, fuel composition optimization has been performed by adopting Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) spent fuel as a blanket material instead of natural uranium. Lastly, a small-size UCFR with a power rate of 100 MWe, UCFR-100, has been proposed for developing a short term deployable nuclear reactor. The major optimization process for UCFR-100 is decreasing maximum neutron flux and fast neutron fluence. The optimized UCFR-1000 has been enlarged radially and shortened axially from the initial UCFR design and this modification makes the burning speed of active core movement slower. It has been confirmed that a full-power operation of 60 years without refueling is feasible for both UCFR-1000 and UCFR-100 core designs by a breed-and-burn strategy. By the design optimization study, the reductions of maximum neutron flux, fast neutron fluence, and axial power peaking have been achieved, which are favorable for the safety of the UCFR. (author)

  7. A review of the UK fast reactor programme, March 1981

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    A reduction in electricity sales over the last year had led to some fossil-fuelled stations being prematurely retired and has postponed the start of some new stations. Nevertheless the main programme for the building of 1 5 G We of thermal reactors during the next ten years remains unaltered and as summarised in last year's review. A formal request to build the first PWR at Sizewell in Suffolk has been presented by the CEGB to the government. This is expected to lead to a Public Inquiry within the next 12-18 months. The major contracts for building the AGR stations at Torness and Heysham were placed recently. Reduced projections for electricity demand up to the end of the century have also contributed to a delay in the government's response to the recommendation by the industry that the Commercial Demonstration Fast Reactor (CDFR) should be built to ensure that the option for commercial LMFBR should be demonstrated and maintained. A government statement is now expected before the end of 1981. Fast breeder reactors are expected to be required in the UK electrical supply system by about the turn of the century. Series ordering will be preceded by construction and operation of the CDFR, of a design suitable in all basic features for replication in programme reactors. The National Nuclear Corporation (NNC) has continued the development of a CDFR design having the required operational safety and economic characteristics. The basic design concept is now nearing completion following investigation of a number of alternatives. Some of the more important features of this design, namely the core, primary circuit and reactor cooling systems. steam cycle and boilers, and overall plant and station layout are described in this review. As a result of increased understanding of sodium/water reaction behaviour, development of manufacturing and inspection techniques and experience in plugging and repair of tubes containing leaking welds, coupled with the preference for a once through

  8. Dose estimations of fast neutrons from a nuclear reactor by micronuclear yields in onion seedlings.

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    Fujikawa, K; Endo, S; Itoh, T; Yonezawa, Y; Hoshi, M

    1999-12-01

    Irradiations of onion seedlings with fission neutrons from bare, Pb-moderated, and Fe-moderated 252Cf sources induced micronuclei in the root-tip cells at similar rates. The rate per cGy averaged for the three sources, , was 19 times higher than rate induced by 60Co gamma-rays. When neutron doses, Dn, were estimated from frequencies of micronuclei induced in onion seedlings after exposure to neutron-gamma mixed radiation from a 1 W nuclear reactor, using the reciprocal of as conversion factor, resulting Dn values agreed within 10% with doses measured with paired ionizing chambers. This excellent agreement was achieved by the high sensitivity of the onion system to fast neutrons relative to gamma-rays and the high contribution of fast neutrons to the total dose of mixed radiation in the reactor's field.

  9. Dose estimations of fast neutrons from a nuclear reactor by micronuclear yields in onion seedlings

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    Irradiations of onion seedlings with fission neutrons from bare, Pb-moderated, and Fe-moderated 252Cf sources induced micronuclei in the root-tip cells at similar rates. The rate per cGy averaged for the three sources, n>, was 19 times higher than rate induced by 60Co γ-rays. When neutron doses, Dn, were estimated from frequencies of micronuclei induced in onion seedlings after exposure to neutron-γmixed radiation from a 1 W nuclear reactor, using the reciprocal of n> as conversion factor, resulting Dn values agreed within 10% with doses measured with paired ionizing chambers. This excellent agreement was achieved by the high sensitivity of the onion system to fast neutrons relative to γ-rays and the high contribution of fast neutrons to the total dose of mixed radiation in the reactor's field. (author)

  10. Sophistication of burnup analysis system for fast reactor (2)

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    Improvement on prediction accuracy for neutronics characteristics of fast reactor cores is one of the most important study domains in terms of both achievement of high economical plant efficiency based on reasonably advanced designs and increased reliability and safety margins. In former study, considerable improvement on prediction accuracy in neutronics design has been achieved in the development of the unified cross-section set as a fruit of a series of critical experiments such as JUPITER in application of the reactor constant adjustments. For design of fast reactor cores improvement of not only static characteristics but also burnup characteristics is very important. For such purpose, it is necessary to improve the prediction accuracy on burnup characteristics using actual burnup data of 'JOYO' and 'MONJU', experimental and prototype fast reactors. Recently, study on effective burnup method for minor actinides becomes important theme. However, there is a problem that analysis work tends to become inefficient for lack of functionality suitable for analysis of composition change due to burnup since the conventional analysis system is targeted to critical assembly systems. Therefore development of burnup analysis system for fast reactors with modularity and flexibility is being done that would contribute to actual core design work and improvement of prediction accuracy. In the previous study, we have developed a prototype system which has functions of performing core and burnup calculations using given constant files (PDS files) and information based on simple and easy user input data. It has also functions of fuel shuffling which is indispensable for power reactor analysis systems. In the present study, by extending the prototype system, features for handling of control rods and energy collapse of group constants have been designed and implemented. Computational results from the present analysis system are stored into restart files which can be accessible by

  11. Development of high intensity source of thermal positrons APosS (Argonne Positron Source)

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    We present an update on the positron-facility development at Argonne National Laboratory. We will discuss advantages of using low-energy electron accelerator, present our latest results on slow positron production simulations, and plans for further development of the facility. We have installed a new converter/moderator assembly that is appropriate for our electron energy that allows increasing the yield about an order of magnitude. We have simulated the relative yields of thermalized positrons as a function of incident positron energy on the moderator. We use these data to calculate positron yields that we compare with our experimental data as well as with available literature data. We will discuss the new design of the next generation positron front end utilization of reflection moderator geometry. We also will discuss planned accelerator upgrades and their impact on APosS.

  12. Network Representation of Design Knowledge of Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor

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    A method of design knowledge representation was studied for the Japanese fast breeder reactor Monju, aiming at enhanced understanding of engineering considerations with mutual relations. Taking over design knowledge of Monju to next generation designers/engineers to be in charge of design of future FRs is by no means easy, in contrast with operation and maintenance knowledge which can be acquired in the real plant operation and maintenance. Specifications of the as-is Monju contains only a small part of the entire design knowledge, mainly by two reasons. Firstly, reasons for selecting the as-is specifications can not be understood until reaching proper knowledge source. Secondly, there are many rejected options on the design specifications. Design specifications are selected along with technical dependencies among a huge number and diversified specification items. Decisions design are made basically along with these dependencies which can hardly be traced in the currently available database or document libraries. Reasons for the rejections of options need to be profoundly understood, because those are not certainly due to technical inferiority. Some of rejected options can be worth reconsidering in the future, possibly by technical advances in materials, high-precision prediction software tools, rationalized standards/code, etc. The authors propose a new design knowledge representation approach based on networking of knowledge nodes along with the mutual dependencies. A prototype software has been developed and a basic performance test was made to visualize the dependency network. An additional function to enable design case studies on hypothetical adoptions of rejected options is now under consideration. (author)

  13. Economic performance of liquid-metal fast breeder reactor and gas-cooled fast reactor radial blankets

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    The economic performance of the radial blanket of a liquid-metal fast breeder reactor (LMFBR) and a gas-cooled fast reactor (GCFR) has been studied based on the calculation of the net financial gain as well as the value of the levelized fuel cost. The necessary reactor physics calculations have been performed using the code CITATION, and the economic analysis has been carried out with the code ECOBLAN, which has been written for that purpose. The residence time of fuel in the blanket is the main variable of the economic analysis. Other parameters that affect the results and that have been considered are the value of plutonium, the price of heat, the effective cost of money, and the holdup time of the spent fuel before reprocessing. The results show that the radial blanket of both reactors is a producer of net positive income for a broad range of values of the parameters mentioned above. The position of the fuel in the blanket and the fuel management scheme applied affect the monetary gain. There is no significant difference between the economic performance of the blanket of an LMFBR and a GCFR

  14. A review of the United Kingdom fast reactor program - March 1983

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    A review of the United Kingdom Fast Reactor Programme was given in March 1983. Operational experience with the Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) is briefly summarized. The design concept of the Commercial Demonstration Fast Reactor (CDFR), including design codes, engineering components, materials and fuels development, chemical engineering/sodium technology, safety and reactor performance, is reviewed. The problems of PFR and CDFR fuel reprocessing are also discussed

  15. Development of fuels and structural materials for fast breeder reactors

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    Baldev Raj; S L Mannan; P R Vasudeva Rao; M D Mathew

    2002-10-01

    Fast breeder reactors (FBRs) are destined to play a crucial role inthe Indian nuclear power programme in the foreseeable future. FBR technology involves a multi-disciplinary approach to solve the various challenges in the areas of fuel and materials development. Fuels for FBRs have significantly higher concentration of fissile material than in thermal reactors, with a matching increase in burn-up. The design of the fuel is an important aspect which has to be optimised for efficient, economic and safe production of power. FBR components operate under hostile and demanding environment of high neutron flux, liquid sodium coolant and elevated temperatures. Resistance to void swelling, irradiation creep, and irradiation embrittlement are therefore major considerations in the choice of materials for the core components. Structural and steam generator materials should have good resistance to creep, low cycle fatigue, creep-fatigue interaction and sodium corrosion. The development of carbide fuel and structural materials for the Fast Breeder Test Reactor at Kalpakkam was a great technological challenge. At the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), advanced research facilities have been established, and extensive studies have been carried out in the areas of fuel and materials development. This has laid the foundation for the design and development of a 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor. Highlights of some of these studies are discussed in this paper in the context of our mission to develop and deploy FBR technology for the energy security of India in the 21st century.

  16. Modern passive safety system for the advanced fast reactors with sodium cooling

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    In fast reactors with sodium coolant it is possible to avoid serious damages of a core even at the heaviest scripts of development of accidents if to provide influence on reactance with the help of various type of Passive Safety System (PSS). With input of the PSS the reactor gets an additional negative feedback on the reactance, working at an output of the basic operational parameters (temperature, the coolant flow rate, power) for maximum permissible sizes. The scientific-technical and patent sources analysis has shown, that now it is already offered more than two hundred the various devices, capable to carry out functions of the fast reactors PSS. Comparison of various types of PSS is carried out under 9 generalized characteristics including: passivity, thresholdness, generation of efforts, inertia, multi-channels, stability to operational factors, refusal safety, simplicity and presentation, development conditions. For quantitative comparison of the device ''the perfection degree'' (K≤1) was defined as average size under 9 generalized characteristics. From the considered types of fast reactors PSS the most perfect now are fusible Lyophobic devices, basically meeting the requirements on all characteristics. Results of Lyophobic Passive Safety System development for the advanced fast reactors with sodium cooling are considered. Serviceability of the offered designs is proved experimentally at various operation temperatures on breadboard models sylphon devices and devices of type the sylphon-container with various lyophobic liquids: alloy Wuds (Tmt=80,0 deg C), an alloy lead-bismuth (Tmt=123,5 deg C), cadmium (Ttm=320,0 deg C), aluminium (Tym=660,0 deg C), developed Lyophobic Fusible Passive Safety System on excess of temperature are of interest for nuclear power installations of various type, first of all, as passive devices scram reactor and protection of the process equipment. (author)

  17. International Working Group on Fast Reactors meeting of specialists on sodium-water reactions. Summary report

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    The meeting of specialists on sodium-water reactions was the first of its kind within the framework of activity of the International Working Group on Fast Reactors. The meeting was held at Argonne in accordance with the recommendation of the IWGPR and in agreement with the USA authorities. Participants from five countries took part in the meeting. The Agenda includes: Fundamental studies of reaction kinetics; Instrumentation for rig use; Sodium-water reaction tests and evaluation of results: - Large leaks; - Small leaks; Small-scale tests of corrosion/ erosion, metal wastage, etc. in presence of reacting sodium and water; Origin of water leak failure and its protection; Methods for detecting steam generator leaks and development of instrumentation for detection of sodium-water reactions in an actual steam generator; Test results and conclusions from test programs applicable to steam generator designs; Computing codes for the effect of a sodium-water reaction in a steam generating plant; Comparison with experiment; Influence of Geometry; Design of steam generators to accommodate reactions: - Methods for calculating effects of reaction on steam generator structure and secondary system; - Description of particular steam generators and associated sodium-water reaction effluent system, including ancillary circuits, instrumentation, etc.; - Design philosophy; - Experience of sodium-water reactions in steam generators; Design and effectiveness of relief systems; Methods for system recovery following a steam generator leak; Proposed further tests; Simulation tests of reactions using other fluids

  18. Minor actinides transmutation strategies in sodium fast reactors

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    In minor actinides transmutation strategies for fast spectrum reactors, different possibilities regarding the core loading are considered. We study both homogeneous patterns (HOM) with various minor actinides (MA) content values and heterogeneous schemes (HET) with higher percentages of MA (Np, Am and Cm) at the periphery of reactor. We analyze the capability of transmutation of each design and the reactivity coefficients such as the Doppler constant, void worth and the fraction of delayed neutrons. The EVOLCODE2 code is the computational tool used in this study. It is based on MCNPX and ORIGEN/ACAB codes and allows carrying out burn-up calculations to get the isotopic evolution of fuel composition. Among the three strategies studied (HOM 2.5 %, HOM 4% and HET 20 %) for a possible design of a Sodium Cooled Fast Breeder Reactor, the one with better transmutation results is the HOM 4%, which shows higher absolute and relative values (12 Kg-MA/TWe, 29% respectively). Concerning transmutation in blankets with 20% MA content, results show a very little or no transmutation values when considering Np, Am and Cm together, though a positive small value for Np and Am is obtained

  19. A CFD Simulation Process for Fast Reactor Fuel Assemblies

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    Kurt D. Hamman; Ray A. Berry

    2010-09-01

    A CFD modeling and simulation process for large-scale problems using an arbitrary fast reactor fuel assembly design was evaluated. Three-dimensional flow distributions of sodium for several fast reactor fuel assembly pin spacing configurations were simulated on high performance computers using commercial CFD software. This research focused on 19-pin fuel assembly “benchmark” geometry, similar in design to the Advanced Burner Test Reactor, where each pin is separated by helical wire-wrap spacers. Several two-equation turbulence models including the k–e and SST (Menter) k–? were evaluated. Considerable effort was taken to resolve the momentum boundary layer, so as to eliminate the need for wall functions and reduce computational uncertainty. High performance computers were required to generate the hybrid meshes needed to predict secondary flows created by the wire-wrap spacers; computational meshes ranging from 65 to 85 million elements were common. A general validation methodology was followed, including mesh refinement and comparison of numerical results with empirical correlations. Predictions for velocity, temperature, and pressure distribution are shown. The uncertainty of numerical models, importance of high fidelity experimental data, and the challenges associated with simulating and validating large production-type problems are presented.

  20. A CFD simulation process for fast reactor fuel assemblies

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    Hamman, Kurt D., E-mail: Kurt.Hamman@inl.go [Idaho National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1625, Idaho Falls, ID 83415-3840 (United States); Berry, Ray A. [Idaho National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1625, Idaho Falls, ID 83415-3840 (United States)

    2010-09-15

    A CFD modeling and simulation process for large-scale problems using an arbitrary fast reactor fuel assembly design was evaluated. Three-dimensional flow distributions of sodium for several fast reactor fuel assembly pin spacing configurations were simulated on high performance computers using commercial CFD software. This research focused on 19-pin fuel assembly 'benchmark' geometry, similar in design to the Advanced Burner Test Reactor, where each pin is separated by helical wire-wrap spacers. Several two-equation turbulence models including the k-{epsilon} and SST (Menter) k-{omega} were evaluated. Considerable effort was taken to resolve the momentum boundary layer, so as to eliminate the need for wall functions and reduce computational uncertainty. High performance computers were required to generate the hybrid meshes needed to predict secondary flows created by the wire-wrap spacers; computational meshes ranging from 65 to 85 million elements were common. A general validation methodology was followed, including mesh refinement and comparison of numerical results with empirical correlations. Predictions for velocity, temperature, and pressure distribution are shown. The uncertainty of numerical models, importance of high fidelity experimental data, and the challenges associated with simulating and validating large production-type problems are presented.

  1. Fast Pyrolysis of Agricultural Wastes in a Fluidized Bed Reactor

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    Wang, X. H.; Chen, H. P.; Yang, H. P.; Dai, X. M.; Zhang, S. H.

    Solid biomass can be converted into liquid fuel through fast pyrolysis, which is convenient to be stored and transported with potential to be used as a fossil oil substitute. In China, agricultural wastes are the main biomass materials, whose pyrolysis process has not been researched adequately compared to forestry wastes. As the representative agricultural wastes in China, peanut shell and maize stalk were involved in this paper and pine wood sawdust was considered for comparing the different pyrolysis behaviors of agricultural wastes and forestry wastes. Fast pyrolysis experiments were carried out in a bench-scale fluidized-bed reactor. The bio-oil yieldsof peanut shell and maize stalk were obviously lower than that ofpine sawdust. Compared with pine sawdust, the char yields of peanut shell and maize stalk were higher but the heating value of uncondensable gaswas lower. This means that the bio-oil cost will be higher for agricultural wastes if taking the conventional pyrolysis technique. And the characteristic and component analysis resultsof bio-oil revealed that the quality of bio-oil from agricultural wastes, especially maize stalk, was worse than that from pine wood. Therefore, it is important to take some methods to improve the quality of bio-oilfrom agricultural wastes, which should promote the exploitation of Chinese biomass resources through fast pyrolysis in afluidized bed reactor.

  2. The search for advanced remote technology in fast reactor reprocessing

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    Research and development in fast reactor reprocessing has been under way ∼ 20 yr in several countries. During the past decade, France and the United Kingdom have developed active programs in breeder reprocessing. Actual fuels from their demonstration reactors have been reprocessed in small-scale facilities. Early US work in breeder reprocessing was carried out at the Experimental Breeder Reactor II (EBR-II) facilities with the early metal fuels, and interest has renewed recently in metal fuels. A major, comprehensive program, focused on oxide fuels, has been carried out in the Consolidated Fuel Reprocessing Program (CFRP) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) since 1974. The Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and Japan have also carried out development programs in breeder reprocessing, and Japan appears committed to major demonstration of breeder reactors and their fuel cycles. While much of the effort in these programs addressed process chemistry and process hardware, a significant element of many of these programs, particularly the CFRP, has been on advancements in facility concepts and remote maintenance features. This paper focuses on the search for improved facility concepts and better maintenance systems in the CFRP, and, in turn, on how developments at ORNL have influenced the technology elsewhere

  3. A review of the Indian fast reactor programme

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    Development of Fast Breeder activities is being done mainly at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam and the total Scientific and Technical staff working at the Centre for development of FBRs is about 1200. The development work relating to the fuel fabrication and design and development for some of the fuel handling equipment is being done at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Bombay. Complete recovery from the fuel handling incident of FBTR was achieved during the beginning of 1989. Damaged guide tube and bent subassemblies were replaced, the incident was analysed in detail and appropriate remedial measures, viz., modifications in the fuel handling machine control logic and plug rotation logic were implemented to prevent its recurrence. Safety clearances for the restart of the reactor were obtained from the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board in May 1989. As steam generators were not valved in the secondary sodium system, the reactor power during this phase of operation was limited to 500 KWt. The main objectives during this phase were to complete the balance low power physics experiments and to operate the reactor for a sufficiently long time to assess the performance of various systems, in particular the neutronic instrumentation, control rod drive and safety logic system which were not in active service for the two years. From May to July, 1989, the reactor was successfully operated up to a power level of 500 KWt with 50% operating time. Design of PFBR is progressing intensively. (author). 1 tab

  4. SIMMER-III modeling of gas cooled fast reactor

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    This paper deals with extension and application of the SIMMER-III code for safety studies of a gas cooled fast reactor. The equation of state of the helium gas and its thermal physical properties have been prepared and implemented in the code. The geometric, thermal hydraulic and neutronic models have been set up for the ALLEGERO reactor. The code and the associated model are verified by comparing steady state and unprotected loss of flow 20% remained flow rate (ULOF-20%) results with those done by other project partners. Reasonable or good agreements have been achieved for major physical variables. The unprotected loss of coolant accident (ULOCA) case is a severe transient case with core melting and degradation that was emulated only by SIMMER, in the project. In the initiating phase the clad becomes molten, this triggers the first power excursion. Then the fuel becomes more mobile and further power excursions take place, which lead to core melting and degradation. The fuel is ejected by power excursion and then moves relatively slowly to the lower part of vessel. Finally there are only a few kilograms of fuel escaping to the vessel outside (into reactor container) and the released thermal energy is about 6 GJ within a period of one minute. The final power stays below one MW and the reactor is in a deep sub-criticality state, since 1/2 fuel becomes noneffective. (author)

  5. Fast Pyrolysis of Lignin Using a Pyrolysis Centrifuge Reactor

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    Trinh, Ngoc Trung; Jensen, Peter Arendt; Sárossy, Zsuzsa;

    2013-01-01

    at temperatures of 500−550 °C, reactor gas residence time of 0.8 s, and feed rate of 5.6 g/min. Gas chromatography mass spectrometry and size-exclusion chromatography were used to characterize the Chemical properties of the lignin oils. Acetic acid, levoglucosan, guaiacol, syringols, and p-vinylguaiacol are found...... to be major chemical components in the lignin oil. The maximal yields of 0.62, 0.67, and 0.38 wt % db were obtained for syringol, p-vinylguaiacol, and guaiacol, respectively. The reactor temperature effect was investigated in a range of 450−600 °C and has a considerable effect on the observed chemical......Fast pyrolysis of lignin from an ethanol plant was investigated on a lab scale pyrolysis centrifuge reactor (PCR) with respect to pyrolysis temperature, reactor gas residence time, and feed rate. A maximal organic oil yield of 34 wt % dry basis (db) (bio-oil yield of 43 wt % db) is obtained...

  6. Fast reactor development for sustainable nuclear energy supply in China

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    China needs a very huge energy supply for national economy development and living standard improvement of 1.3 billion population. The nuclear energy is a new member of the energy supply family in China. A satisfied operation records of all 11 units of NPPs, especially with the total average load factor 85.8% of all NPPs in 67 reactor-years since commercial operation of each unit encourage the public to believe that the nuclear power is a safe, reliable, economically-acceptable, CO2 avoidable one and could be used in large scale. The government has decided in 2006 to accelerate the nuclear power development with the target of 40GWe in operation and 18GWe in construction in 2020.Right now 13 units with total capacity 13.05GWe are under construction and other 11 units of total capacity 12.05GWe have been approved by the government and the preparation for construction is underway. For the sustainable supply of nuclear energy, as the principle strategy, PWR-FBR matched with closed nuclear fuel cycle has been decided by the government for a long time. Three FBR development strategy targets suggested as following. (1) to realize FBR commercial utilization in small batch in 2030; (2) to increase nuclear capacity to 240GWe, sharing about 16%, mainly by FBRs in 2050, and (3) to replace coal fired plants by nuclear power in large scale, in the period about 2050-2100. For that, the suggested FBR development strategy is shown in Table 1. China Experimental Fast Reactor (CEFR) with the power 65MWt is a pool type sodium-cooled fast reactor. Pre-conceptual design started in 1990 with the first pot of concrete in 2000, and architecture engineering launched in 2001. Now it is under commissioning tests stage. The experiences of design fabrication and construction for this type of reactor have been gained. The possibility of large striding from 20MWe CEFR to 800MWe China Demonstration Fast Reactor (CDFR) has been studied. The favorableness is estimated mainly as following. (1) The

  7. Improving fuel cycle design and safety characteristics of a gas cooled fast reactor

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    2006-01-01

    This research concerns the fuel cycle and safety aspects of a Gas Cooled Fast Reactor, one of the so-called "Generation IV" nuclear reactor designs. The Generation IV Gas Cooled Fast Reactor uses helium as coolant at high temperature. The goal of the GCFR is to obtain a "closed nuclear fuel cycle",

  8. Decay heat removal in GEN IV gas cooled fast reactors

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    The safety goal of the current designs of advanced high-temperature thermal gas-cooled reactors (HTRs) is that no core meltdown would occur in a depressurization event with a combination of concurrent safety system failures. This study focused on the analysis of passive decay heat removal (DHR) in a GEN IV direct-cycle gas-cooled fast reactor (GFR) which is based on the technology developments of the HTRs. Given the different criteria and design characteristics of the GFR, an approach different from that taken for the HTRs for passive DHR would have to be explored. Different design options based on maintaining core flow were evaluated by performing transient analysis of a depressurization accident using the system code RELAP5-3D. The study also reviewed the conceptual design of autonomous systems for shutdown decay heat removal and recommends that future work in this area should be focused on the potential for Brayton cycle DHRs.

  9. The story of the European fast reactor cooperation

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    This report is a condensed history of European cooperation in the large breeder power plants with powers in excess of 1000 MWe. The beginning, in 1973, was marked by the so-called Utilities' Convention signed by EdF, RWE, and ENEL on the construction of Superphenix and SNR 2. In 1977, cooperation began among the reactor vendors and R and D organizations in France, Germany and Italy as well as Belgium and the Netherlands. After the British had joined in 1984, planning for the European Fast Reactor, EFR, was started in 1988. The conceptual design phase of the 1500 MWe breeder power plant covered a period of five years and was concluded with an economic assessment and a technical safety analysis of EFR in 1983. A number of ongoing studies are being conducted within a specific EFR program. (orig.)

  10. Thermophysical and thermochemical properties of fast reactor materials

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    The physical and chemical properties of materials occurring within the core of a liquid sodium cooled fast breeder reactor (LMFBR) are reviewed. Properties particularly relevant to predicting the reactor's behaviour under various accident scenarios and during normal operations are considered and recommendations in a form suitable for use in computer codes which model such situations are put forward. Included in the review are the following properties: (a) Oxide fuels: density and thermal expansion, temperature of fusion, enthalpy and specific heat, vapour pressure, viscosity, diffusion and creep, emissivity, thermal conductivity, surface tension and energy. (b) AISI M316 stainless steel: composition, thermal expansion, temperature of fusion, enthalpy and specific heat, thermal conductivity, vapour pressure, viscosity. (c) Sodium: density, enthalpy and specific heat, vapour pressure, emissivity, diffusion, thermal conductivity, surface tension, viscosity, equation of state, critical constants

  11. Optimisation of safety parameters in fast breeder test reactor

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    Full text: Optimisation of safety parameters is an important aspect to be considered in the design of nuclear power plant and also becomes extremely important activity to be followed up during the commissioning and operating phases of the plant taking into account the operational feed back and review of incidental situations and available diversity and reliability. Otherwise, the spurious/ superfluous trips on the reactor besides affecting the availability of the plant, initiate plant transients causing stress for the plant equipment resulting in reduction of plant life. This activity has a significant role to play in attaining the maximum availability of the plant, without compromising safety. The study and evolution of optimisation process in fast breeder test reactor (FBTR); at Kalpakkam has been an interesting and rewarding experience

  12. Gas cooled fast reactor background, facilities, industries and programmes

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    This report was prepared at the request of the OECD-NEA Coordinating Group on Gas Cooled Fast Reactor Development and it represents a contribution (Vol.II) to the jointly sponsored Vol.I (GCFR Status Report). After a chapter on background with a brief description of the early studies and the activities in the various countries involved in the collaborative programme (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States), the report describes the facilities available in those countries and at the Gas Breeder Reactor Association and the industrial capabilities relevant to the GCFR. Finally the programmes are described briefly with programme charts, conclusions and recommendations are given. (orig.)

  13. Seismic response analysis of the PEC fast reactor building

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    In order to compute the motion induced by the design earthquakes at the vessel supporting structure, a seismic response analysis was performed for the PEC fast reactor, taking into account the effects of soil-structure interaction by use of experimentally determined soil parameters. The main aim of he analysis was to evaluate the safety margins present in the design calculations. A detailed 3D finite element model was set up for fixed base analysis; from the results of the 3D model a simplified equivalent model of the structure was then derived for soil-structure interaction analysis. The mathematical model was validated and calibrated by using the results of the experimental dynamic tests performed on the reactor building. The results have shown the adequacy of the computation methodologies, and in particular of those on the use of the equivalent model. (author)

  14. Description of the prototype fast reactor at Dounreay

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    The Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) at Dounreay, UK, started operation in 1975 and was closed down in 1994. The present report contains a description of the PFR nuclear power plant, based on information available in literature and on information supplied during a visit to the plant. The report covers a description of the site and plant arrangement, the buildings and structures, the reactor core and other vessel internals, the control system, the main cooling system, the decay heat removal system, the emergency core cooling system, the containment system, the steam and power conversion system, the fuel handling system, plant safety features, the control and instrumentation systems and the sodium purification systems. (au) 16 refs

  15. Innovative Fast Reactors: Impact of Fuel Composition on Reactivity Coefficients

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    A major challenge for future Fast Reactors could be the recycling of minor actinides (MA) in the core fuel, in order to minimize wastes and contribute to meet both the sustainability objective and the reduction of the burden on a geological disposal. Although the most outstanding issues will be found in the development and validation of the appropriate fuels, the presence of MA in the core can potentially deteriorate the core reactivity coefficients. In the present paper we will show however that there is no physical limit to the amount of MA in the core fuel, but that a careful physics analysis can indicate the most appropriate measures to reduce the MA impact on the reactivity coefficients, and in particular, for Na cooled reactors, on the Na void reactivity coefficient.

  16. Fast reactors, key elements of a sustainable nuclear energy

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    The criteria that define the concept of sustainable energy are first the non-exhaustion of the resource, secondly the mitigation of the pollution during all the stages from the extraction/transformation of the resource to the use as energy and thirdly the right management of the waste in a view of avoiding any nuisance for future generations. In this article fossil energies, renewable energies and nuclear energie are judged by these 3 criteria. It appears that no energy can satisfy the 3 criteria but the introduction of fast reactors in a fleet of light water reactors associated with a program of spent fuel reprocessing turn nuclear energy into a sustainable energy on a long-term perspective. (A.C.)

  17. Safeguards in the prototype fast breeder reactor MONJU

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    Usami, S.; Deshimaru, T.; Tomura, K. [Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuels Development Corporation, Ibaraki-ken (Japan)

    1995-12-31

    MONJU is a prototype fast breeder reactor in Japan designed to have a 280-MW(electric) output. The Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corporation (PNC) started its construction in the autumn of 1985 in Tsuruga. The loading of the core fuel assemblies was started in October 1993, and the preoperational test is ongoing. MONJU uses 198 mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel assemblies as core fuel and 172 depleted uranium assemblies as blanket fuel. Assemblies loaded in-core and stored in the ex-vessel storage tank (EVST) reside in liquid sodium. These plutonium-containing fuel assemblies, MOX, and irradiated depleted uranium are regarded as in the difficult-to-access area, and the flows of fuel assemblies into and out of the area must be verified. Flow is verified by fuel flow monitors measuring radiation, which can limit inspector attendance during fuel handling.

  18. Status of liquid metal cooled fast breeder reactors

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    This document represents a compilation of the information on the status of fast breeder reactor development. It is intended to provide complete and authoritative information for academic, energy, industrial and planning organizations in the IAEA Member States. The Report also provides extended reference and bibliography lists. A summarized overview of the national programmes of LMFBR development is given in Chapter II. Chapter III on LMFBR experience provides a brief description and purpose of all fast reactors - experimental, demonstration and commercial size - that have been or are planned for construction and operation. Fast reactor physics is dealt with in Chapter IV. Besides the basic facts and definitions of neutronics and the compilation and measurement of nuclear data, a broad range of the calculation methods, codes, and the state of the art is described. In Chapter V, fuels and materials are described. The emphasis is on the design and development experience gained with mixed oxide fuel pins and subassemblies. Structural materials, blanket elements and absorber materials are also discussed. Chaper VI presents a broad overview of the technical and engineering aspects of LMFBR power plants. LMFBR core design is described in detail, followed by the components of the main heat transport system, the refuelling equipment, and auxiliary systems. Chapter VII on safety is a compilation of the current safety design concepts of LMFBRs and new trends in safety criteria and safety goals. The chapter concludes with risk analyses of LMFBR technology. In Chapter VIII, the systems approach has been emphasized in the consideration of the whole LMFBR fuel cycle. Special emphasis is placed on safeguards aspects and the environmental impact of the LMFBR fuel cycle. Chapter IX describes deployment considerations of LMFBRs. Special emphasis is placed on economic aspects of the LMFBR power plant and its related fuel cycle. Finally, Chapter X provides an overall summary and a

  19. Knowledge Management in Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycles

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    The 21st century is ushering in a new phase of economic and social development which can be referred as 'Knowledge Economy' in which knowledge has become the key asset in determining the organization's success or failure. Nuclear technology is very complex and a highly technical endeavor. It relies on innovative creation, storage and dissemination of knowledge. The nuclear technology is also characterized by long time scales and technological excellence. Nuclear Knowledge Management is a critical input to Nuclear Power Industry, the associated fuel cycle activities and nuclear applications in medicine, industry and agriculture. In an R and D Organization like Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) specializing in the areas of Fast Reactor Technology and associated Fuel Cycle Facilities, Knowledge Management plays a vital role. IGCAR is operating successfully the Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) for the last 24 years with a unique Pu-U Carbide Fuel. The paper highlights the various success stories, lessons learnt from FBTR, knowledge accrued, disseminated and reused. With intensive R and D and innovations, the processes have been developed and FBTR's spent carbide fuel of 155 GWd/t burn up has been reprocessed successfully. The paper covers the knowledge that has been created through extensive analysis and validation for the design of a 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) which is under construction at Kalpakkam. The Centre has developed world class expertise in the areas of sodium technology, material development, non-destructive evaluation, instrumentation etc. This paper gives some examples of how the knowledge generated is used for PFBR. (author)

  20. Neutronics Code Development at Argonne National Laboratory

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    As part of the Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) program of U.S. DOE, a suite of modern fast reactor simulation tools is being developed at Argonne National Laboratory. The general goal is to reduce the uncertainties and biases in various areas of reactor design activities by providing enhanced prediction capabilities. Under this fast reactor simulation program, a high-fidelity deterministic neutron transport code named UNIC is being developed. The end goal of this development is to produce an integrated neutronics code that enables the high fidelity description of a nuclear reactor and simplifies the multi-step design process by direct and accurate coupling with thermal-hydraulics and structural mechanics calculations. (author)

  1. Fast Reactor Research in Europe: The Way Towards Sustainability (Summary)

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    Full text: The European Union (EU) has taken the lead in responding to climate change, announcing far-reaching initiatives ranging from promoting energy efficient light bulbs and cars to new building codes, carbon trading schemes, development of low carbon technologies and greater competition in energy markets. Nuclear energy remains central to the energy debate in Europe. One third of EU electricity is produced via nuclear fission and eight new reactors are under construction. Traditionally non-nuclear countries are manifesting an interest in building nuclear power plants while the clock is ticking down on Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom's decision to renew or close existing nuclear infrastructures. Sustainability in nuclear energy production is ensured in the medium term as a result of the large and diverse uranium resources available in politically stable countries around the world. The quantities available with high probability ensure more than one hundred years of nuclear energy production. This extrapolation depends, however, on the forecast for future nuclear energy production. The use of fast neutron breeder reactors would lead to a much more efficient utilization of the uranium, extending the sustainable energy production to several thousands of years. The presentation will outline the fast reactors of the new generation currently being developed within the Generation IV initiative. Broad conclusions of the presentation are that: - There is a growing nuclear renaissance in Europe for good reason; - Nuclear energy is a green and sustainable option for Europe and indeed the world's energy needs; - Nuclear energy is a competitive energy that makes economic sense; - Nuclear fission reactors have a safety and environmental track record that is second to none, yet public misperceptions persist and must be tackled; - Waste management solutions exist while new developments hold great promise; - The evolution and promise of nuclear technologies must also be

  2. Evaluation of the breed/burn fast reactor concept

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    Atefi, B.; Driscoll, M.J.; Lanning, D.D.

    1979-12-01

    A core design concept and fuel management strategy, designated breed/burn, has been evaluated for heterogeneous fast breeder reactors. In this concept internal blanket assemblies after fissile material is bred in over several incore cycles, are shuffled into a moderated radial blanket and/or central island. The most promising materials combination identified used thorium in the internal blankets (due to the superior performance of epithermal Th-U233 systems) and zirconium hydride (ZrH/sub 16/) as the moderator (because of the compact assembly and core designs it permitted).

  3. Fast reactor core concepts to improve transmutation efficiency

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    Fujimura, Koji; Kawashima, Katsuyuki [Hitachi Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd., 7-1-1, Omika-cho, Hitachi-shi, Ibaraki, 319-1221 Japan (Japan); Itooka, Satoshi [Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd., 3-1-1, Saiwai-cho, Hitachi-shi, Ibaraki, 317-0073 Japan (Japan)

    2015-12-31

    Fast Reactor (FR) core concepts to improve transmutation efficiency were conducted. A heterogeneous MA loaded core was designed based on the 1000MWe-ABR breakeven core. The heterogeneous MA loaded core with Zr-H loaded moderated targets had a better transmutation performance than the MA homogeneous loaded core. The annular pellet rod design was proposed as one of the possible design options for the MA target. It was shown that using annular pellet MA rods mitigates the self-shielding effect in the moderated target so as to enhance the transmutation rate.

  4. A review of the European collaborative programme on fast reactors

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    Considerable progress has been made in the European Fast Reactor R and D Collaboration during 1988. In parallel with the technical achievements, 1988 has been notable for the determination and willingness to adapt and improve the various structures and procedures in the organization of the European Collaboration. Three important agreements on EFR were signed in Bonn, Federal Republic of Germany on 16 February 1989: Industrial agreement, as a basis for planning, design, future construction and marketing of EFR; R and D agreement on the content and extent of R and D support for EFR design; SERENA-FASTEC agreement on know-how pool and royalties. (author). 1 tab

  5. Fast Traveling-Wave Reactor of the Channel Type

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    Rusov, Vitaliy D; Vashchenko, Volodymyr N; Chernezhenko, Sergei A; Kakaev, Andrei A; Pantak, Oksana I

    2015-01-01

    The main aim of this paper is to solve the technological problems of the TWR based on the technical concept described in our priority of invention reference, which makes it impossible, in particular, for the fuel claddings damaging doses of fast neutrons to excess the ~200 dpa limit. Thus the essence of the technical concept is to provide a given neutron flux at the fuel claddings by setting the appropriate speed of the fuel motion relative to the nuclear burning wave. The basic design of the fast uranium-plutonium nuclear traveling-wave reactor with a softened neutron spectrum is developed, which solves the problem of the radiation resistance of the fuel claddings material.

  6. Gas Cooled Fast Reactors: Recent advances and prospects

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    The paper presents the current status of the Gas cooled Fast Reactor system development which is shared within the Generation IV International Forum including EURATOM through the 7th Framework Programme project GoFastR. The various areas considered will include suitable fuel compounds and high temperature resistant cladding materials options, core design optimisation, primary system boundary, energy conversion. The safety approach, mainly oriented on core cooling for the moment, will be recalled together with a discussion of the results obtained. Further potential improvements or simplification of the system safety, at the light of the Fukushima accident, including an indirect coupled cycle for the energy conversion and a self sustainable Decay Heat Removal loop will be mentioned. The main issues related to the necessary R&D programme accompanying the system development will be recalled (fuel and materials, helium coolant technology, components such as gas circulators, valves and heat exchangers, thermal barriers). (author)

  7. Current status on fast reactor program in Kazakhstan

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    Spent Fuel Assemblies Drum (SFAD) was successfully drained into several tanks for storage, and the SFAD itself was dismantled. The Project on the utilization of liquid radioactive wastes (LRW), which were accumulated during the operation of BN-350 reactor, is going according to schedule. Special designed cesium traps have been manufactured. Works on cesium decontamination of BN-350 primary circuit sodium commenced in December 2002 and are ongoing. The main results obtained to date are: the amount of Cs-137 trapped by 5 traps is approximately 10,000 Ci, and the Cs concentration in the primary sodium decreased by two orders of magnitude 100 (from 10-3 to 10-5 Ci/kg). The plans for the Project on primary circuit sodium draining, including the usage of a drilling device have been developed and reviewed. All preparatory drilling tests have been completed. According to the plans, the primary sodium should be drained before end of 2003. The EAGLE project comprises the preparation and conduct of out-of-pile and in-pile experiments designed to address the key safety issues relevant to eliminating or mitigating the re-criticality potential during a postulated core-disruptive accident in future commercial sodium-cooled fast reactors. The work has been performed since 2000 under a contract between NNC RK and JNC (Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Institute), after some related feasibility studies for the experiments funded by JAPC (Japan Atomic Power Company)

  8. 快Z箍缩中子源混合堆界面研究进展%Development of interface options of hybrid reactor driven with fast Z-pinch neutron source

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    陈敬平; 王雄

    2011-01-01

    评述了快Z箍缩中子产生及诊断的最新进展,介绍了聚变裂变混合堆原理与结构.概述了混合堆界面的磁绝缘传输线(MITL)和碎片防护罩设计,提出了MITL电流压力建模思路,提出了PTS装置上MITL翻转柱孔汇流结构(PHC)及同轴延伸方式,这两种配置方式简便、易行.%The recent development of neutron generation and diagnostics of fast Z-pinch are reviewed. The principle and con-figuration of fusion and fission hybrid reactor are briefly introduced. Current and magnetic impulse modeling and the debris shield design are examined for the interface between Z-pinch driver and hybrid reactor. The conclusion of this work is that the interface of post hole convolute and extended coaxial magnetically insulated transmission line is feasible and easily operated at primary test stand(PTS).

  9. The Last Twenty Years of Experience with Fast Reactors in Japan

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    Fast reactor development experience gained in Japan in the last twenty years is summarized in this paper. In this twenty years, the safety, reliability and economic goals of fast reactors have become more ambitious than in the past. However, twenty years of progress have shown that the domestic commercialized sodium cooled fast reactor (SFR) concept, the Japanese SFR, could achieve those targets discussed in the Feasibility Study on Commercialized Fast Reactor Cycle Systems (FS) and the Fast Reactor Cycle Technology Development (FaCT) projects. The Monju prototype fast breeder reactor is finally going to restart by the end of this Japanese fiscal year (March 2010) and will take on the role of a technology and human resource development centre from both a domestic and an international point of view. (author)

  10. Anticipated transients without scram for light water reactors: implications for liquid metal fast breeder reactors

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    In the design of light water reactors (LWRs), protection against anticipated transients (e.g., loss of normal electric power and control rod withdrawal) is provided by a highly reliable scram, or shutdown system. If this system should become inoperable, however, the transient could lead to a core meltdown. The Nuclar Regulatory Commission (NRC) has proposed, in NUREG-0460 [1], new requirements (or acceptance criteria) for anticipated transients without scram (ATWS) events and the manner in which they could be considered in the design and safety evaluation of LWRs. This note assesses the potential impact of the proposed LWR-ATWS criteria on the liquid metal fast breeder reactor (LMFBR) safety program as represented by the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant

  11. A Study of Reactor Neutrino Monitoring at Experimental Fast Reactor JOYO

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    Furuta, H; Hara, T; Haruna, T; Ishihara, N; Ishitsuka, M; Ito, C; Katsumata, M; Kawasaki, T; Konno, T; Kuze, M; Maeda, J; Matsubara, T; Miyata, H; Nagasaka, Y; Nitta, K; Sakamoto, Y; Suekane, F; Sumiyoshi, T; Tabata, H; Takamatsu, M; Tamura, N

    2011-01-01

    We carried out a study of neutrino detection at the experimental fast reactor JOYO using a 0.76 tons gadolinium loaded liquid scintillator detector. The detector was set up on the ground level at 24.3m from the JOYO reactor core of 140MW thermal power. The measured neutrino event rate from reactor on-off comparison was 1.11\\pm1.24(stat.)\\pm0.46(syst.)events/day. Although the statistical significance of the measurement was not enough, the background in such a compact detector at the ground level was studied in detail and MC simulation was found to describe the data well. A study for improvement of the detector for future such experiments is also shown.

  12. Fast breeder reactors: experience and trends. V. 1

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    The IAEA Symposium on ''Fast Breeder Reactors: Experience and Future Trends'' was held, at the invitation of the Government of France, in Lyons, France, on 22-26 July 1985. It was hosted by the French Commissariat a l'energie atomique and Electricite de France. The purpose of the Symposium was to review the experience gained so far in the field of LMFBRs, taking into account the constructional, operational, technological, economic and fuel cycle aspects, and to consider the developmental trends as well as the international co-operation in fast breeder reactor design and utilization. The Symposium presentations were divided into sessions devoted to the following topics: Experience of LMFBR construction and operation and resultant development strategies (6 papers); LMFBR plant startup and commissioning tests and general behaviour (8 papers); Core performance experience for high burnup and core design trends (8 papers); Experience and trends in the LMFBR fuel cycle (4 papers); Core design and behaviour (3 papers); Fuels and materials (7 papers). A separate abstract was prepared for each of these papers

  13. Fabrication of particulate metal fuel for fast burner reactors

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    Ryu, Ho Jin; Lee, Sun Yong; Kim, Jong Hwan; Woo, Yoon Myung; Ko, Young Mo; Kim, Ki Hwan; Park, Jong Man; Lee, Chan Bok [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-10-15

    U Zr metallic fuel for sodium cooled fast reactors is now being developed by KAERI as a national R and D program of Korea. In order to recycle transuranic elements (TRU) retained in spent nuclear fuel, remote fabrication capability in a shielded hot cell should be prepared. Moreover, generation of long lived radioactive wastes and loss of volatile species should be minimized during the recycled fuel fabrication step. Therefore, innovative fuel concepts should be developed to address the fabrication challenges pertaining to TRU while maintaining good performances of metallic fuel. Particulate fuel concepts have already been proposed and tested at several experimental fast reactor systems and vipac ceramic fuel of RIAR, Russia is one of the examples. However, much less work has been reported for particulate metallic fuel development. Spherical uranium alloy particles with various diameters can be easily produced by the centrifugal atomization technique developed by KAERI. Using the atomized uranium and uranium zirconium alloy particles, we fabricated various kinds of powder pack, powder compacts and sintered pellets. The microstructures and properties of the powder pack and pellets are presented.

  14. Nuclear data requirements for fast and intermediate reactor calculations

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    During 1960/61, some work has been done at Karlsruhe in the compilation of reliable nuclear data for fast- and intermediate-reactor calculations. Materials included thus far are He, O16, Na23, Cr, Fe, Ni, Mo, U235, U238 and Pu239. For fast- and intermediate-reactor optimization studies, reliable theoretical prediction of space-dependent neutron energy spectra, critical masses, breeding ratios, burn-up, Doppler coefficients and related subjects, the author was interested in much more detailed microscopic cross-section data concerning mainly neutron absorption and fission than are needed, for example, for the evaluation of few-group constants in the conventional multi-group diffusion theory. In spite of much progress in the experimental determination and theoretical interpretation of nuclear data, many inconsistencies in the experimental results of different authors and laboratories and large gaps in experimental nuclear-data work still remain. This paper discusses a great number of these gaps and inconsistencies in respect of the above-mentioned nuclei. (author)

  15. Scenarios for Fast Reactors Deployment with Plutonium Recycling

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    Plutonium-management is crucial towards sustainability of nuclear energy and demands a progressive recycling policy starting in LWRs, by use of MOX-fuel, up to the multi-recycling of Pu in Fast Reactors, such as Sodium Fast Reactors (SFRs). This paper focuses on the transition where SFRs perform a multi-recycling of Pu. In order to sketch a few of the possible futures towards sustainability, illustrative scenarios for SFR deployment in progressive replacement of the French PWR fleet with different chronologies (from 2040 or 2080) were analyzed in the context of the French 2006 Law. The sensitivity of scenarios to the SFR core design is evaluated by considering a homogeneous core (SFR V2B) or a new heterogeneous core with a significant gain on sodium void effect (CFV). Scenarios of symbiotic fleet, in which a 60 GWe PWR fleet is maintained while SFRs are progressively introduced from 2040 depending on the plutonium produced by the PWR fleet, are also envisaged. The first evaluation focuses on the maximal achievable installed SFR power using plutonium from PWR spent fuel. Then, different key drivers to modulate SFR deployment are presented (PWR and SFR spent fuel cooling time, reprocessing capacities). These studies allow to identify the minimal installed SFR power in function of the Pu yearly produced by PWR fleet. (author)

  16. Fast Shutdown System tests in the Georgia Tech Research Reactor

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    The Fast Shutdown System (FSS) is a new safety system design concept being considered for in installation in the Savannah River (SRS) production reactors. This system is expected to mitigate the consequences of a Design Basis Loss of Coolant Accident, and therefore allow higher operational power levels. A test of this system in the Georgia Tech Research Reactor is proposed to demonstrate the efficacy of this concept. Three tests will be conducted at full power (5MW) and one at low power (100kw). Two full power tests will be conducted with the FSS rod backfilled with one (1) atmosphere of He-4, and one with the rod evacuated. The low power conducted with the FSS rod evacuated. Neutron flux and pressure data will be collected with an independent data acquisition system (DAS). Safety issues associated with the performance of the Fast Shutdown System experiments are addressed in this report. The credible accident scenarios were analyzed using worst case scenarios to demonstrate that no significant nuclear or personnel safety hazards would result from the performance of the proposed experiments

  17. Uncertainty analysis of infinite homogeneous lead and sodium cooled fast reactors at beginning of life

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    The objective of the present work is to estimate breeding ratio, radiation damage rate and minor actinide transmutation rate of infinite homogeneous lead and sodium cooled fast reactors. Uncertainty analysis is performed taking into account uncertainty in nuclear data and composition of the reactors. We use the recently released ENDF/B-VII.1 nuclear data library and restrict the work to the beginning of reactor life. We work under multigroup approximation. The Bondarenko method is used to acquire effective cross sections for the homogeneous reactor. Modeling error and numerical error are estimated. The adjoint sensitivity analysis is performed to calculate generalized adjoint fluxes for the responses. The generalized adjoint fluxes are used to calculate first order sensitivities of the responses to model parameters. The acquired sensitivities are used to propagate uncertainties in the input data to find out uncertainties in the responses. We show that the uncertainty in model parameters is the dominant source of uncertainty, followed by modeling error, input data precision and numerical error. The uncertainty due to composition of the reactor is low. We identify main sources of uncertainty and note that the low-fidelity evaluation of 16O is problematic due to lack of correlation between total and elastic reactions

  18. A review of fast reactor activities in Switzerland - March 1984

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    As a result of the noncentralized government in Switzerland there is no clear national policy for the future application of nuclear energy. This is reflected in the lack of a generally agreed nuclear energy research policy in the country. Consequently, activities related to several advanced reactor concepts are funded simultaneously at similar, but relatively low levels. The total expenditure of 5.9 million Swiss Francs (approx. 1 SFr per capita) for fast reactor activities in 1983 must be judged in the light of this situation. The funds have been allocated to an LMFBR safety programme (52%) and a fuel development programme (48%). In the field of LMFBR safety analytical work is performed on hypothetical core disruptive accidents (HCDAs) and on the integrity of components under HCDA loadings with emphasis on the dynamic behaviour of the reactor cover. A considerable effort has recently been devoted to the preparations for the SONACO natural convection experiment. Another relatively new experimental activity, involving small-scale vapour explosions with freon and water, has produced evidence of interesting physical effects which are not in accord with the assumptions of current molten fuel-coolant interaction (MFCI) models. The fuel development programme has continued with the manufacture of spherepac mixed carbide fuel pins for an irradiation experiment in FFTF. However, the time scale of the experiment has suffered a set-back due to an accident in a glove box of the production line

  19. Nuclear data and multigroup methods in fast reactor calculations

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    The work deals with fast reactor multigroup calculations, and the efficient treatment of basic nuclear data, which serves as raw material for the calculations. Its purpose is twofold: to build a computer code system that handles a large, detailed library of basic neutron cross section data, (such as ENDF/B-III) and yields a compact set of multigroup cross sections for reactor calculations; to use the code system for comparative analysis of different libraries, in order to discover basic uncertainties that still exist in the measurement of neutron cross sections, and to determine their influence upon uncertainties in nuclear calculations. A program named NANICK which was written in two versions is presented. The first handles the American basic data library, ENDF/B-III, while the second handles the German basic data library, KEDAK. The mathematical algorithm is identical in both versions, and only the file management is different. This program calculates infinitely diluted multigroup cross sections and scattering matrices. It is complemented by the program NASIF that calculates shielding factors from resonance parameters. Different versions of NASIF were written to handle ENDF/B-III or KEDAK. New methods for evaluating in reactor calculations the long term behavior of the neutron flux as well as its fine structure are described and an efficient calculation of the shielding factors from resonance parameters is offered. (B.G.)

  20. Status of national programmes on fast reactors 1998/99. 32nd annual meeting. Working material

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    Over the past 32 years, the IAEA has actively encouraged and advocated international cooperation in fast reactor technology. The present publication contains information on the status of fast reactor development and on worldwide activities in this advanced nuclear power technology during 1998/1999, as reported at the 32. annual meeting of the International Working Group on Fast Reactors. It is intended to provide information regarding the current status of LMFR development in IAEA Member States

  1. Shape optimization of a sodium cooled fast reactor

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    Schmitt, Damien; Allaire, Grégoire; Pantz, Olivier; Pozin, Nicolas

    2014-06-01

    Traditional designs of sodium cooled fast reactors have a positive sodium expansion feedback. During a loss of flow transient without scram, sodium heating and boiling thus insert a positive reactivity and prevents the power from decreasing. Recent studies led at CEA, AREVA and EDF show that cores with complex geometries can feature a very low or even a negative sodium void worth.(1, 2) Usual optimization methods for core conception are based on a parametric description of a given core design(3).(4) New core concepts and shapes can then only be found by hand. Shape optimization methods have proven very efficient in the conception of optimal structures under thermal or mechanical constraints.(5, 6) First studies show that these methods could be applied to sodium cooled core conception.(7) In this paper, a shape optimization method is applied to the conception of a sodium cooled fast reactor core with low sodium void worth. An objective function to be minimized is defined. It includes the reactivity change induced by a 1% sodium density decrease. The optimization variable is a displacement field changing the core geometry from one shape to another. Additionally, a parametric optimization of the plutonium content distribution of the core is made, so as to ensure that the core is kept critical, and that the power shape is flat enough. The final shape obtained must then be adjusted to a get realistic core layout. Its caracteristics can be checked with reference neutronic codes such as ERANOS. Thanks to this method, new shapes of reactor cores could be inferred, and lead to new design ideas.

  2. Progress report on fast breeder reactor development in Japan

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    In the power increase performance test of the experimental fast reactor ''Joyo'', which was in progress since April, the first stage of the rated thermal output of 50 MW has been accomplished on July 5. Thereafter, the continuous opeation test at 50 MW for 100 hours was performed for the verification of its overall operational performance from August 13 to 16. The safety evaluation for power increase up to 75 MW and 100 MW, which was under way since September, last year, was completed, and the power increase was licensed on September 20. Concerning the design of the prototype fast breeder reactor ''Monju'', the studies on the specifications of the Construction Preliminary Design (2) have been finished. In respect of the analysis and preparation of materials for the Safety Licensing by the Committee, the developments of the analytical codes for rupture propagation in the heat transfer tubes of steam generators and for decay heat have been conducted. In the construction site surveys, the third geological structure survey and beach deformation survey have all ended, while the meteorological and seismic observations, the prediction of the diffusion of drained warm water, the survey of river flow, etc. are now under way. A report on the survey conducted on the construction site in Shiraki was received by the Fukui prefectural government in July, and the copies of a report on the assessment of environmental effect were submitted in August to both the national government and the Fukui prefectural government. The situations of progress of the research and development works on reactor physics, structural components, instrumentation and control, sodium technology, fuel materials, structural materials, safety and steam generators are reported. (Nakai, Y.)

  3. Investigation of the vertical instability at the Argonne Intense Pulsed Neutron Source

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    Wang, Shaoheng; Dooling, J. C.; Harkay, K. C.; Kustom, R. L.; McMichael, G. E.

    2009-10-01

    The rapid cycling synchrotron of the intense pulsed neutron source at Argonne National Laboratory normally operates at an average beam current of 14 to 15μA, accelerating protons from 50 to 450 MeV 30 times per second. The beam current is limited by a single-bunch vertical instability that occurs in the later part of the 14 ms acceleration cycle. By analyzing turn-by-turn beam position monitor data, two cases of vertical beam centroid oscillations were discovered. The oscillations start from the tail of the bunch, build up, and develop toward the head of the bunch. The development stops near the bunch center and oscillations remain localized in the tail for a relatively long time (2-4 ms, 1-2×104 turns). This vertical instability is identified as the cause of the beam loss. We compared this instability with a head-tail instability that was purposely induced by switching off sextupole magnets. It appears that the observed vertical instability is different from the classical head-tail instability.

  4. RBEC lead-bismuth cooled fast reactor: review of conceptual decisions

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    Alekseev, P.; Fomichenko, P.; Mikityuk, K.; Nevinitsa, V.; Shchepetina, T.; Subbotin, S.; Vasiliev, A. [Russian Research Centre Kurchatov Inst., Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2001-07-01

    A concept of the RBEC lead-bismuth fast reactor-breeder is a synthesis, on one hand, of more than 40-year experience in development and operation of fast sodium power reactors and reactors with Pb-Bi coolant for nuclear submarines, and, on the other hand, of large R and D activities on development of the core concept for modified fast sodium reactor. The report briefly presents main parameters of the RBEC reactor, as a candidate for commercial exploitation in structure of the future nuclear power. (author)

  5. Role of the Tapiro Fast Research Reactor in Neutron Capture Therapy in Italy Calculations and Measurements

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    Thermal-neutron research reactors are currently the most common source of neutron beams for both research and clinical trials of neutron capture therapy (NCT). Neutron spectra suitable for NCT are typically produced either by beam filtering or spectrum shifting techniques. However, fast-neutron reactors are also being considered for NCT application as it is recognized that they may allow for improved beam quality. TAPIRO is a low power, high flux, highly enriched (93.5% 235U) fast reactor. The power is 5 kW and the maximum neutron flux in the core is 3x1012 cm-2.s-1. Both a thermal and an epithermal column have been designed and constructed, aimed at dosimetry and animal experiments. The configurations of the columns have been designed by means of Monte Carlo calculations. The columns have been characterized by means of measurements performed with activation techniques and thermoluminescence and gel dosimeters. Experimental results have shown good consistency with calculations. Moreover, they have confirmed the good quality of the beams obtainable with such a reactor. An epithermal column for clinical trials of patients with brain gliomas has been designed and is under construction. The treatment planning figures-of-merit in an anthropomorphic phantom look very satisfactory. (author)

  6. Core characteristics on a hybrid type fast reactor system combined with proton accelerator

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    Kowata, Yasuki; Otsubo, Akira [Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corp., Oarai, Ibaraki (Japan). Oarai Engineering Center

    1997-06-01

    In our study on a hybrid fast reactor system, we have investigated it from the view point of transmutation ability of trans-uranium (TRU) nuclide making the most effective use of special features (controllability, hard neutron spectrum) of the system. It is proved that a proton beam is superior in generation of neutrons compared with an electron beam. Therefore a proton accelerator using spallation reaction with a target nucleus has an advantage to transmutation of TRU than an electron one. A fast reactor is expected to primarily have a merit that the reactor can be operated for a long term without employment of highly enriched plutonium fuel by using external neutron source such as the proton accelerator. Namely, the system has a desirable characteristic of being possible to self-sustained fissile plutonium. Consequently in the present report, core characteristics of the system were roughly studied by analyses using 2D-BURN code. The possibility of self-sustained fuel was investigated from the burnup and neutronic calculation in a cylindrical core with 300w/cc of power density without considering a target material region for the accelerator. For a reference core of which the height and the radius are both 100 cm, there is a fair prospect that a long term reactor operation is possible with subsequent refueling of natural uranium, if the medium enriched (around 10wt%) uranium or plutonium fuels are fully loaded in the initial core. More precise analyses will be planed in a later fiscal year. (author)

  7. Plutonium breeding in liquid-metal fast breeder reactors and light water reactors

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    The possibilities of breeding in liquid-metal fast breeder reactors (LMFBRs) and light water reactors (LWRs) are compared in two ways. The feasibility of breeding has been demonstrated in the Phenix reactor with a measured gain of 0.14. The gain in Superphenix will amount to about0.20. The studies show that while maintaining the performance of commercial reactors their breeding gain can be further increased either by the concept of heterogeneous cores or by using carbide or nitride fuel (breeding gain about0.35). Recently, the old idea of breeding in advanced pressurized water reactors (PWRs) has been taken up again with the objective of attaining a gain of 0.05. Unfortunately, these objectives had to be limited to a conversion ratio of 0.9 for safety reasons, and it is not certain whether operation will be rewarding economically. The strategy of substituting PWRs is examined using the French example. By gradually introducing LMFBRs, the cumulated uranium supplies in France can be kept within reasonable limits, which means that they attain three to four times the home resources. This is not possible with advanced LWRs, which can be considered only as a possible backup solution for plutonium recycling into PWRs

  8. Development of hydride absorber for fast reactor. Application of hafnium hydride to control rod of large fast reactor

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    The application of hafnium hydride (Hf-hydride) to a control rod for a large fast reactor where the B4C control rod is originally employed is studied. Three types of Hf-hydride control rods are designed. The control rod worth and its change during the burnup are evaluated for different hydrogen-to-hafnium ratios and are compared with those of the original B4C control rod. The result indicates that the worths of the Hf-hydride and the 10B-enriched B4C control rods are approximately the same, and the lifetime of the Hf-hydride control rod is almost four times longer than that of the 10B-enriched B4C control rod. The core performances of the shutdown margin, sodium void reactivity, Doppler reactivity coefficient, and breeding ratio are analyzed. It is indicated that those for the Hf-hydride control rod are almost the same as those for the original B4C control rod. The behavior of neutrons moderated by the Hf-hydride control rod is analyzed. It is confirmed that the Hf-hydride control rod does not cause any thermal spike problems in the fast reactor core. (author)

  9. Irradiation Experiments on Plutonium Fuels for Fast Reactors

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    An assessment carried out some years ago indicated that cermet fuels might provide the high burn-up and integrity required for fast reactors. An irradiation programme was started at Harwell on (U, Pu)O2 -SS cermet plates and rods, mainly In thermal neutron fluxes, to gain experience of dimensional stability at temperatures typical of modern sodium-cooled fast reactor designs (600-650°C). A subsequent assessment showed that cermets carried a large penalty as far as breeding was concerned and (U, Pu)C was chosen by Harwell for long-term study as an alternative, economic, fast reactor fuel. However, the results from the cermet experiments were of sufficient promise to proceed with parallel irradiation programmes on cermets and carbide. The studies of cermets showed that dimensional instability (swelling and cladding rupture) were caused by the pressures exerted on the steel matrix by the fuel particles, and that the initial density of the fuel particles was important in determining the burn-up at which failure occurred. Further, it was shown that cermets provided a useful vehicle for studying the changes occurring in oxide fuel particles with increasing burn-up. The disappearance of initial porosity and its replacement by fission gas bubbles and segregated solid fission products was studied in some detaiL No significant differences were observed between UO2 and(U,Pu)O2 particles. The initial studies of (U, Pu)C were concerned with the effect of varying composition and structure on swelling and fission gas release. A tantalum-lined nickel alloy cladding material was used to contain both pellet and powder specimens In an irradiation experiment in the core of the Dounreay fast reactor. This showed that the presence of a metal phase in the fuel led to a high swelling rate, that fission gas release was low up to ∼ 3% bum-up, and that a low density powder accommodated the swelling without excessive straining of the can. A subsequent experiment was conducted in a thermal

  10. Advanced Fuel Cycle Economic Analysis of Symbiotic Light-Water Reactor and Fast Burner Reactor Systems

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    The Advanced Fuel Cycle Economic Analysis of Symbiotic Light-Water Reactor and Fast Burner Reactor Systems, prepared to support the U.S. Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI) systems analysis, provides a technology-oriented baseline system cost comparison between the open fuel cycle and closed fuel cycle systems. The intent is to understand their overall cost trends, cost sensitivities, and trade-offs. This analysis also improves the AFCI Program’s understanding of the cost drivers that will determine nuclear power’s cost competitiveness vis-a-vis other baseload generation systems. The common reactor-related costs consist of capital, operating, and decontamination and decommissioning costs. Fuel cycle costs include front-end (pre-irradiation) and back-end (post-iradiation) costs, as well as costs specifically associated with fuel recycling. This analysis reveals that there are large cost uncertainties associated with all the fuel cycle strategies, and that overall systems (reactor plus fuel cycle) using a closed fuel cycle are about 10% more expensive in terms of electricity generation cost than open cycle systems. The study concludes that further U.S. and joint international-based design studies are needed to reduce the cost uncertainties with respect to fast reactor, fuel separation and fabrication, and waste disposition. The results of this work can help provide insight to the cost-related factors and conditions needed to keep nuclear energy (including closed fuel cycles) economically competitive in the U.S. and worldwide. These results may be updated over time based on new cost information, revised assumptions, and feedback received from additional reviews.

  11. Surviving to tell the tale : Argonne's Intense Pulsed Neutron Source from an ecosystem perspective.

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    At first glance the story of the Intense Pulsed Neutron Source (IPNS), an accelerator-driven neutron source for exploring the structure of materials through neutron scattering, seems to be one of puzzling ups and downs. For example, Argonne management, Department of Energy officials, and materials science reviewers continued to offer, then withdraw, votes of confidence even though the middling-sized IPNS produced high-profile research, including work that made the cover of Nature in 1987. In the midst of this period of shifting opinion and impressive research results, some Argonne materials scientists were unenthusiastic, members of the laboratory's energy physics group were key supporters, and materials scientists at another laboratory provided, almost fortuitously, a new lease on life. What forces shaped the puzzling life cycle of the IPNS? And what role - if any - did the moderate price tag and the development of scientific and technological ideas play in the course it took? To answer these questions this paper looks to an ecosystem metaphor for inspiration, exploring how opinions, ideas, and machinery emerged from the interrelated resource economies of Argonne, the DOE, and the materials science community by way of a tangled web of shifting group interactions. The paper will conclude with reflections about what the resulting focus on relationality explains about the IPNS story as well as the underlying dynamic that animates knowledge production at U.S. national laboratories.

  12. International conference on fast reactors and related fuel cycles (FR09): Challenges and opportunities. Book of extended synopses

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    Renewed interest in nuclear energy is driven by the need to develop carbon free energy sources, by demographics and development in emerging economies, as well as by security of supply concerns. It is expected that nuclear energy will deliver huge amounts of energy to both emerging and developed economies. However, acceptance of large scale contributions would depend on satisfaction of key drivers to enhance sustainability in terms of economics, safety, adequacy of natural resources, waste reduction, non-proliferation and public acceptance. Fast spectrum reactors with recycle enhance the sustainability indices significantly. This has led to the focus on fast spectrum reactors with recycle in the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) and the International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO) initiative of the IAEA. It is expected that 2009 will register major events in the domain of fast spectrum reactors, that is, the restart of Monju in Japan, the first criticality of the China Experimental Fast Reactor in China, as well as new insights through end-of-life studies in Phenix, France. New fast reactors are expected to be commissioned in the near future: the 500 MW(e) Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor in India and the BN-800 unit in the Russian Federation. Moreover, China, France, India, Japan, Republic of Korea and the United States of America are preparing advanced prototypes/ demonstrations and/or commercial reactors for the 2020-2030 horizon. The necessary condition for successful fast reactor deployment in the near and mid-term is the understanding and assessment of innovative technological and design options, based on both past knowledge and experience, as well as on ongoing research and technology development efforts. In this respect, the need for in-depth international information exchange is underscored by the fact that the last large international fast reactor conference was held as far back as 1991. Since then, progress in research

  13. The lead cooled fast reactor benchmark Brest-300: analysis with sensitivity method

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    Lead cooled fast neutrons reactor is one of the most interesting candidates for the development of atomic energy. BREST-300 is a 300 MWe lead cooled fast reactor developed by the NIKIET (Russia) with a deterministic safety approach which aims to exclude reactivity margins greater than the delayed neutron fraction. The development of innovative reactors (lead coolant, nitride fuel...) and fuel cycles with new constraints such as cycle closure or actinide burning, requires new technologies and new nuclear data. In this connection, the tool and neutron data used for the calculational analysis of reactor characteristics requires thorough validation. NIKIET developed a reactor benchmark fitting of design type calculational tools (including neutron data). In the frame of technical exchanges between NIKIET and EDF (France), results of this benchmark calculation concerning the principal parameters of fuel evolution and safety parameters has been inter-compared, in order to estimate the uncertainties and validate the codes for calculations of this new kind of reactors. Different codes and cross-sections data have been used, and sensitivity studies have been performed to understand and quantify the uncertainties sources.The comparison of results shows that the difference on keff value between ERANOS code with ERALIB1 library and the reference is of the same order of magnitude than the delayed neutron fraction. On the other hand, the discrepancy is more than twice bigger if JEF2.2 library is used with ERANOS. Analysis of discrepancies in calculation results reveals that the main effect is provided by the difference of nuclear data, namely U238, Pu239 fission and capture cross sections and lead inelastic cross sections

  14. Restoration work for obstacle and upper core structure in reactor vessel of experimental fast reactor Joyo

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    The experimental fast reactor Joyo is the first sodium cooled fast reactor in Japan. Joyo attained initial criticality as a breeder core in April 1977 and has operated as a high performance irradiation test bed since 2003. The 15th periodic inspection of Joyo commenced in May 2007 with the Fuel Handling Machine (FHM) being set up on the Rotating Plug (R/P) for refueling in June. When the R/P was taken down, measuring the load of the Hold-Down Shaft (HDS) revealed an abnormal decrease above the in-vessel storage rack (IVS). The HDS is a cylindrical FMH device that holds down the 6 surrounding subassemblies (S/As) which are adjacent to a withdrawn S/A. In order to investigate the cause of this, an in-vessel observation was conducted using a radiation-resistant fiber scope (RRF). As a result of the observations, it was discovered that the top of the irradiation test S/A 'MARICO-2' (the material testing rig with temperature control) had bent onto the IVS as an obstacle, and had damaged the Upper Core Structure (UCS). During the investigation of this incident, the in-vessel observations using RRF etc. took place at (1) the top of the S/As and the IVS for foreign material, (2) the bottom face of the UCS for damage under the condition with the level of sodium at -50 mm below the top of the S/As. In-vessel observation techniques for a Sodium cooled Fast Reactor (SFR) are important in confirming its safety and integrity. Since an in-vessel observation for an SFR has to be conducted under severe conditions that include high temperatures (∼ 200 deg-C) and high radiation doses (∼ 400 Gy/h), and the primary sodium coolant has to be retained in the Reactor Vessel (R/V) to remove the decay heat, an in-vessel observation equipment has to be designed to not only tolerate the severe conditions but also be capable of being inserted into the sealed R/V through the fixed holes built in to the R/P and gain access to the observation areas. The in-vessel observations were successfully

  15. Selection of sodium coolant for fast reactors in the US, France and Japan

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    Highlights: ► Trilateral study was conducted on coolant selection of fast reactor concept. ► Fast reactor concepts are vital for nuclear fuel cycle sustainability goals. ► Sodium, gas and lead cooled fast reactors are capable to achieve the goals. ► Sodium cooled fast reactor is the most matured technology. ► Gas and lead cooled fast reactor require long term development. - Abstract: The joint paper presents a common view of fast reactor specific missions in the development of nuclear energy and a cross-analysis of merits and demerits of several Fast Reactors concepts studied worldwide and especially in the Generation-IV International Forum (GIF) framework. The paper provides the context for fast reactors development in the United States, France and Japan and focuses on the comparison on Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (SFR), Gas-cooled Fast Reactor (GFR), and Lead-cooled Fast Reactor (LFR), i.e. the three fast reactor concepts that have the potential to meet the nuclear fuel cycle sustainability goals. The information provided in the article permits the reader to understand each country's objectives to see that not only the objectives searched for but also the technical orientations are converging. The authors underline that SFR technology evaluation relies significantly on the substantial base technology development programs within each country which is without comparison for the other two fast reactor technologies, e.g., SFR technology has already been developed to commercial or near commercial scale in each country whereas the performance of LFR and GFR technology is still uncertain. The main GFR merits are the potential for high temperatures and the easier possibilities for inspections and repairs. The main challenges are the fuel (fabrication, in-pile behavior), materials for high temperatures, and the implementation of mitigation means to manage severe core degradation. The main LFR merit is the lack of chemical reactivity of the lead coolant with air

  16. Degrading the Plutonium Produced in Fast Breeder Reactor Blankets

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    Choi, Jor-Shan; Kuno, Yusuke [Tokyo University, 7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-8656 (Japan)

    2009-06-15

    Plutonium quality, defined as the plutonium isotopic composition, is an important measure for proliferation-resistance (PR) of a nuclear energy system. The quality of the plutonium produced in the blanket assemblies of a fast breeder reactor could be as good as or better than the weapons-grade (WG). The presence of such good quality plutonium is a proliferation concern. There are various options to degrade the plutonium produced in the breeder blanket. The obvious one is to blend the blanket plutonium with those produced from the reactor core during reprocessing. Other options try to prevent the generation of good quality plutonium (Pu). The Protected Plutonium Production (P{sup 3}) Project proposed by Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT)1,2,3 advocates the doping of certain amount of neptunium (Np), or americium (Am) in fresh blanket fuel for irradiation. The increased production of {sup 238}Pu, {sup 240}Pu and {sup 242}Pu by neutron capture in {sup 237}Np and Am would degrade the blanket plutonium. However, as {sup 237}Np is a controlled material according to IAEA, its use as doping material in fresh blanket fuel presents a concern for nuclear proliferation. In addition, the fabrication of fresh blanket fuel with inclusion of americium would be complicated due to the emission of intense low-energy gamma radiation from {sup 241}Am. Am is normally accompanied by Cm since the separation of those 2 elements is very difficult. Fuel containing both Am and Cm may make Safeguards measurement difficult. A variation would be doping the fresh blanket fuel with minor actinide (e.g., a group of neptunium, americium, and curium), or with separated reactor-grade (RG) plutonium. The drawback of such schemes would be the need for glove boxes in fresh blanket fuel fabrication. It is possible to fuel the breeder blankets with recycled (reprocessed) uranium oxide. The recycled uranium, recovered from reprocessing, contains {sup 236}U, which when irradiated in the blanket would

  17. Limitations of eddy current testing in a fast reactor environment

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    Wu, Tao; Bowler, John R.

    2016-02-01

    The feasibility of using eddy current probes for detecting flaws in fast nuclear reactor structures has been investigated with the aim of detecting defects immersed in electrically conductive coolant including under liquid sodium during standby. For the inspections to be viable, there is a need to use an encapsulated sensor system that can be move into position with the aid of visualization tools. The initial objective being to locate the surface to be investigated using, for example, a combination of electromagnetic sensors and sonar. Here we focus on one feature of the task in which eddy current probe impedance variations due to interaction with the external surface of a tube are evaluated in order to monitor the probe location and orientation during inspection.

  18. Designing a SCADA system simulator for fast breeder reactor

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    Nugraha, E.; Abdullah, A. G.; Hakim, D. L.

    2016-04-01

    SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system simulator is a Human Machine Interface-based software that is able to visualize the process of a plant. This study describes the results of the process of designing a SCADA system simulator that aims to facilitate the operator in monitoring, controlling, handling the alarm, accessing historical data and historical trend in Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) type Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR). This research used simulation to simulate NPP type FBR Kalpakkam in India. This simulator was developed using Wonderware Intouch software 10 and is equipped with main menu, plant overview, area graphics, control display, set point display, alarm system, real-time trending, historical trending and security system. This simulator can properly simulate the principle of energy flow and energy conversion process on NPP type FBR. This SCADA system simulator can be used as training media for NPP type FBR prospective operators.

  19. Sodium fast reactor fuels and materials : research needs.

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    Denman, Matthew R.; Porter, Douglas (Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID); Wright, Art (Argonne National Laboratory Argonne, IL); Lambert, John (Argonne National Laboratory Argonne, IL); Hayes, Steven (Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID); Natesan, Ken (Argonne National Laboratory Argonne, IL); Ott, Larry J. (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN); Garner, Frank (Radiation Effects Consulting. Richland, WA); Walters, Leon (Advanced Reactor Concepts, Idaho Falls, ID); Yacout, Abdellatif (Argonne National Laboratory Argonne, IL)

    2011-09-01

    An expert panel was assembled to identify gaps in fuels and materials research prior to licensing sodium cooled fast reactor (SFR) design. The expert panel considered both metal and oxide fuels, various cladding and duct materials, structural materials, fuel performance codes, fabrication capability and records, and transient behavior of fuel types. A methodology was developed to rate the relative importance of phenomena and properties both as to importance to a regulatory body and the maturity of the technology base. The technology base for fuels and cladding was divided into three regimes: information of high maturity under conservative operating conditions, information of low maturity under more aggressive operating conditions, and future design expectations where meager data exist.

  20. Fast reactors and surplus weapon`s grade plutonium utilization

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    Antipov, S.A.; Astafiev, V.A.; Bibilashvily, Yu.K.; Reshetnikov, F.G. [All-Russia Research Inst. of Inorganic Materials, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    1997-12-31

    Liberated large quantities of surplus weapon`s grade Pu have lead to a more acute problem relevant to Pu utilization and storage. The Russian scientists acknowledge the use of Pu in fast reactors to be most efficient. In this case a new composition of fuel is to be designed that would much reduce or eliminate Pu breeding. With this aim in view two kinds of fuel are under study, namely, higher Pu content (up to 45-50%) fuel and the one containing an inert diluent. The study and optimization of their production processes are in progress. In the nearest future experimental fuel rods fueled with both the fuel types will be loaded to be in-pile tested. (author)

  1. Network representation of design knowledge of prototype Fast Breeder Reactor

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    A method of design knowledge representation was studied for the Japanese fast breeder reactor Monju, aiming at enhanced understanding of engineering considerations with mutual relations. Taking over design knowledge of Monju to next generation designers/engineers to be in charge of design of future FRs is by no means easy, in contrast with operation and maintenance knowledge which can be acquired in the real plant operation and maintenance. Specifications of the as-is Monju contains only a small part of the entire design knowledge, mainly by two reasons. Firstly, reasons for selecting the as-is specifications can not be understood until reaching proper knowledge source. Secondly, there are many passed-over options on the design specifications. Reasons for passing-over these options are not always technical inferiority. A large part of the current specifications are selected because the worst possible technical value can be foreseeable or guaranteed to be acceptable within limited R and D period and resource, not because the expected value is estimated to be the lower. In other words, in the future where new materials with improved properties, faster and more accurate analysis/prediction methods, rationalized technical standards or regulatory requirements, and/or some other environment for thorough comparison among specification options are available, these passed-over options are likely to be worth reconsidering. There are a huge number of technical documents on diversified engineering studies, such as calculation of maximum possible temperature gradient of important structures, necessary sodium flow rate in particular sub-assemblies, etc. for validation of each decision making in design. A large part of these documents are scanned and stored in a data base with each catalogue data for electronic browse. The authors propose a network representation of these items of design decision making, where the items are mutually connected by directed arcs, where nodes stand

  2. In-reactor experiments in fast breeder test reactor for assessment of core structural materials

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    Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) at Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam, India is a sodium cooled reactor with neutron flux level of the order of 1015 n/cm2/s and temperature of coolant in the range of 650-790K (380-520oC). This reactor is being used as a test bed for the development of fuel and structural materials required for Indian Fast Reactor Programme. FBTR is also used as a test facility to carry out accelerated irradiation tests on thermal reactor structural materials. In-reactor experiments on core structural materials are being carried out by subjecting prefabricated specimens to desired conditions of temperature and neutron fluence levels in FBTR. Non-instrumented irradiation capsules that can be loaded at any location of FBTR core are used for the experiments. Pressurised capsules of zirconium alloys have been developed and subjected to irradiation in FBTR to determine the irradiation creep rate of indigenously developed zirconium alloys (Zircaloy-2 and Zr-2.5%Nb alloy) for life assessment of pressure tubes of Indian Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs). Technology development of pressurised capsules was carried out at IGCAR. These pressurised capsules were filled with argon and a small fraction of helium at a high pressure (5.0-6.5 MPa at room temperature) in such a way that the target stresses were attained in the walls of the pressurised capsules at the desired temperature of irradiation in the reactor. FBTR was operated at a low power of 8 MWt during this irradiation campaign to have an inlet temperature of about 579 K (306oC) which was close to the temperature of pressure tubes at full power in PHWR. Irradiation of thirty pressurised capsules was carried out in FBTR using six irradiation capsules for different durations (upto 79 days). The fluence levels attained by the pressurised capsules were up to 1.1 x 1021 n/cm2 (E> 1 MeV) at temperatures of 579 to 592 K. Post-irradiation increase in diameter of the pressurised

  3. Feasibility study for fast reactor and related fuel cycle. Preliminary studies in 1998

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    Prior to the feasibility study for fast reactors (FRs) starting from the 1999 fiscal year, planned in the medium and long-term program of JNC, preliminarily studies were performed on 'FR systems except sodium cooled MOX fueled reactors'. Small scale or module type reactors, heavy metal (Pb or Pb-Bi) cooled reactors, gas cooled reactors, light water cooled reactors, and molten salt reactors were studied on the basis of literature. They were evaluated from the viewpoint of the technical possibility (the structure integrity, earthquake resistance, safety, productivity, operability, maintenance repair, difficulty of the development), the long-term targets (market competitiveness as an energy system, utilization of uranium resources, reduction of radioactive waste, security of the non-proliferation), and developmental risk. As the result, the following concepts should be studied for future commercialized FRs. Small scale and module type reactor: Middle-sized reactor with an excellent economical efficiency. Small power reactor with a multipurpose design concept. Gas cooled reactor: CO2 gas cooled reactor, He gas cooled reactor. Heavy metal cooled reactor: Russian type lead cooled reactor. Light water cooled reactor: Light water cooled high converter reactor and super critical pressure light water cooled reactor. Molten salt reactor: Trichloride molten salt reactor which matches the U-Pu cycle. (author)

  4. Unsteady thermal analysis of gas-cooled fast reactor core

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    This thesis presents numerical analysis of transient heat transfer in an equivalent coolant-fuel rod cell of a typical gas cooled, fast nuclear reactor core. The transient performance is assumed to follow a complete sudden loss of coolant starting from steady state operation. Steady state conditions are obtained from solving a conduction problem in the fuel rod and a parabolic turbutent convection problem in the coolant section. The coupling between the two problems is accomplished by ensuring continuity of the thermal conditions at the interface between the fuel rod and the coolant. to model turbulence, the mixing tenght theory is used. Various fuel rod configurations have been tested for optimal transient performance. Actually, the loss of coolant accident occurs gradually at an exponential rate. Moreover, a time delay before shutting down the reactor by insertion of control rods usually exists. It is required to minimize maximum steady state cladding temperature so that the time required to reach its limiting value during transient state is maximum. This will prevent the escape of radioactive gases that endanger the environment and the public. However, the case considered here is a limiting case representing what could actually happen in the worst probable accident. So, the resutls in this thesis are very indicative regarding selection of the fuel rode configuration for better transient performance in case of accidents in which complete loss of collant occurs instantaneously

  5. Flow induced vibrations in liquid metal fast breeder reactors

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    Flow induced vibrations are well known phenomena in industry. Engineers have to estimate their destructive effects on structures. In the nuclear industry, flow induced vibrations are assessed early in the design process, and the results are incorporated in the design procedures. In many cases, model testing is used to supplement the design process to ensure that detrimental behaviour due to flow induced vibrations will not occur in the component in question. While these procedures attempt to minimize the probability of adverse performance of the various components, there is a problem in the extrapolation of analytical design techniques and/or model testing to actual plant operation. Therefore, sodium tests or vibrational measurements of components in the reactor system are used to provide additional assurance. This report is a general survey of experimental and calculational methods in this area of structural mechanics. The report is addressed to specialists and institutions in industrialized and developing countries who are responsible for the design and operation of liquid metal fast breeder reactors. 92 refs, 90 figs, 8 tabs

  6. Simulation of hydrocarbons pyrolysis in a fast-mixing reactor

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    MG Ktalkherman; IG Namyatov

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    Currently, thermal decomposition of hydrocarbons for the production of basic petrochemicals (ethylene, propyl-ene) is carried out in steam-cracking processes. Aside from the conventional method, under consideration are alternative ways purposed for process intensification. In the context of these activities, the method of high-temperature pyrolysis of hydrocarbons in a heat-carrier flow is studied, which differs from previous ones and is based on the ability of an ultra-short time of feedstock/heat-carrier mixing. This enables to study the pyrolysis process at high temperature (up to 1500 K) at the reactor inlet. A set of model experiments is conducted on the lab scale facility. Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and naphtha are used as a feedstock. The detailed data are obtain-ed on temperature and product distributions within a wide range of the residence time. A theoretical model based on the detailed kinetics of the process is developed, too. The effect of governing parameters on the pyrolysis process is analyzed by the results of the simulation and experiments. In particular, the optimal temperature is detected which corresponds to the maximum ethylene yield. Product yields in our experiments are compared with the similar ones in the conventional pyrolysis method. In both cases (LPG and naphtha), ethylene selectivity in the fast-mixing reactor is substantial y higher than in current technology.

  7. Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor (GFR) FY04 Annual Report

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    K. D. Weaver; T. C. Totemeier; D. E. Clark; E. E. Feldman; E. A. Hoffman; R. B. Vilim; T. Y. C. Wei; J. Gan; M. K. Meyer; W. F. Gale; M. J. Driscoll; M. Golay; G. Apostolakis; K. Czerwinski

    2004-09-01

    The gas-cooled fast reactor (GFR) was chosen as one of the Generation IV nuclear reactor systems to be developed based on its excellent potential for sustainability through reduction of the volume and radio toxicity of both its own fuel and other spent nuclear fuel, and for extending/utilizing uranium resources orders of magnitude beyond what the current open fuel cycle can realize. In addition, energy conversion at high thermal efficiency is possible with the current designs being considered, thus increasing the economic benefit of the GFR. However, research and development challenges include the ability to use passive decay heat removal systems during accident conditions, survivability of fuels and in-core materials under extreme temperatures and radiation, and economical and efficient fuel cycle processes. Nevertheless, the GFR was chosen as one of only six Generation IV systems to be pursued based on its ability to meet the Generation IV goals in sustainability, economics, safety and reliability, proliferation resistance and physical protection.

  8. Manufacturing of prototype fast breeder reactor components: challenges and achievements

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    In the presentation, three components of 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR), viz. grid plate, roof slab and fuel handling systems, are focused, which have been responsible for the considerable delay of the project schedule. The manufacturing challenges of grid plate mainly originated from large number of sleeves resulting in higher self weight and hard facing of large diameter sleeves. Machining of large diameter plates and shell assembly to the required tight tolerances on dimensions, hard facing with nickel based cobalt free hard facing material on continuous, large diameter (6.7 m) annular tracks, heat treatment of large austenitic stainless steel parts at 1050℃ with controlled rates of cooling and heating together with control on temperature gradient across the parts, complex assembly of a large number of parts (∼14900) meeting the important requirements on verticality of sleeve assemblies (Ø0.1 mm) and delicate handling and transportation are truly challenging activities in the manufacturing technology. In case of roof slab, complex manufacturing process, especially welding between the shell and stiffeners caused lamellar tearing problems and extensive testing time. Inclined fuel transfer machine, multiple repairs, heavy weight and testing strategy resulted in long manufacturing and testing time. Some general lessons learnt are also brought out in this presentation. Technology development prior to start of construction is essential for long delivery components. Judicious choice of tolerances, number and location of welds and inspections has to be made. Robust criteria need to be applied for the acceptance of manufacturing deviations and material compositions. Indigenous materials should be used after qualifications of manufacturing process of direct relevance apart from routine standards. From the rich experience gained through the manufacture and erection of reactor assembly components of PFBR, important guidelines and approaches were derived

  9. Last twenty years experiences with fast reactors in Japan

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    core. Joyo conducted pin-scaled irradiation tests of minor actinide (MA) bearing fuel. However, Joyo has been shut down since May 2007 after an obstacle at a part of fuel assembly discharging equipment was found, and it needs repairing. To demonstrate that loop-type SFR can be used as a power reactor with the experience of Joyo applied, PNC started construction 'Monju' in October 1985 and it attained first criticality in April 1994. However, a sodium-leak incident occurred in the secondary coolant system on December 8, 1995 and its operation has shut down since then. Presently, entire system function test is in progress for resumption of operation through an overhaul and reconstruction. The original mission of Monju is to demonstrate the reliability of FBR power plant through its operation and establish sodium handling technologies. Monju is now positioned as a core function in 'the energy R and D centralization plan' that Fukui prefecture is promoting, and will be used as one of the main fields for R and D toward FR commercialization. (1) Demonstration FR designed by Utilities. As for the design of demonstration FR in the next stage after Monju, Japan Atomic Power Co. (JAPC) became the center and promoted the design studies and innovative elemental technology development from 1985 to 1999. Developing the loop-type reactor technology to rationalize the design, top-entry loop-type SFR (approx. 660 MWe) was selected, and a construction cost was estimated around 1.3 times as much as that of a light-water reactor (equivalent to 1000MWe power plant). (2) JSFR (Japanese Sodium-cooled FR). In 1999, JAEA launched the 'Feasibility Study on Commercialized Fast Reactor Cycle Systems (FS)' with domestic partners, such as utilities, vendors,and universities. The study evaluated advanced concept of FBR cycle systems with various coolants such as sodium, heavy metal, gases and water, and suitable fuel types such as oxide, nitride and metal,with viewpoints of safety, economics

  10. Plutonium bearing oxide fuels for recycling in thermal reactors and fast breeder reactors

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    Programs carried out in the past two decades have established the technical feasibility of using plutonium as a fuel material in both water-cooled power reactors and sodium-cooled fast breeder reactors. The problem facing the technical community is basically one of demonstrating plutonium fuel recycle under strict conditions of public safety, accountability, personnel exposure, waste management, transportation and diversion or theft which are still evolving. In this paper only technical and economic aspects of high volume production and the demonstration program required are discussed. This paper discusses the role of mixed oxide fuels in light water reactors and the objectives of the LMFBR required for continual growth of nuclear power during the next century. The results of studies showing the impact of using plutonium on uranium requirements, power costs, and the market share of nuclear power are presented. The influence of doubling time and the introduction date of LMFBRs on the benefits to be derived by its commercial use are discussed. Advanced fuel development programs scoped to meet future commerical LMFBR fuel requirements are described. Programs designed to provide the basic technology required for using plutonium fuels in a manner which will satisfy all requirements for public acceptance are described. Included are the high exposure plutonium fabrication development program centered around the High Performance Fuels Laboratory being built at the Hanford Engineering Development Laboratory and the program to confirm the technology required for the production of mixed oxide fuels for light water reactors which is being coordinated by Savannah River Laboratories

  11. Fast reactor development program in France in 1997

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    The operating performance of the French nuclear plants in 1997 were again satisfactory, confirming the good 1996 results; 78% of the national electricity production was of nuclear origin (376/481 TWh); the nuclear safety indicators were even better with a slight decrease in the number of reported incidents; the availability factor was higher than 82,5%; the kWh production cost continue to decrease by about 1,7% per year; thanks to an ALARA approach, individual and collective doses are still decreasing; the liquid and gaseous releases are also still decreasing and the volume of nuclear wastes is equivalent to last year. The major event of 1997 was the confirmation for the start up of the most advanced nuclear plants, N4 type, with Chooz B1 reaching full power on May 9, 1997 and Chooz B2 following soon with first criticality on March 10 and full power on September 18. As a confirmation and enjoying the experience of Chooz B the first unit of Civaux was synchronised to the grid end of 1997 after fuel loading in Sept 1997. The status of fast reactors was deeply modified, with the governmental decision to abandon Superphenix, which led to decide to close also EFR studies in 1997, and the perspective of operating Phenix till 2004, mainly for studies on radioactive wastes incineration. Three meetings were held during the second half of the year by the > (GP - Permanent Committee) on Phenix; after reviewing all the safety aspects, they concluded to the possibility to resume operation according to the general following scheme: one cycle in 1998, about one year for works, then 6 cycles between 2000 and 2004. Of course, the main event concerning Superphenix is the decision of abandon announced in June 1997. The decree allowing operation had been cancelled in February. The works foreseen in the frame of the planned > shutdown had been conducted satisfactorily, during the first-half of the year. At the beginning of 1998, it was stated that the reactor would not operate again

  12. A review of the United Kingdom fast reactor programme - March 1984

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    The UK programme in the field of fast reactors has continued successfully towards the following main objectives, details of which are contained in subsequent sections of this report: (a) Full power operation of the PFR. (b) Development work supporting the NNC designed CDFR. (c) Demonstration and development of the fast reactor fuel cycle

  13. European Fast Reactor IWGFR/FRCC-report. A review of the collaborative programme on the European Fast Reactor (EFR)

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    The design work for the 1500 MWe European Fast Reactor EFR was started in 1988. Two years during phase 1 were devoted to the concept design; the subsequent concept validation phase 2 will last until March 1993. In autumn 1991 the 'concept design '91, CD91, was put forward; its major design features and the R and D support are described briefly together with the organisational structures. The European Fast Reactor Utilities Group 'EFRUG' presently comprises EdF (France), ENEL (Italy), Nuclear Electric (UK) and Bayernwerk, PreulsenElektra and RWE (Germany). For design and construction of EFR the group 'EFR Associates' is responsible, combining the companies Siemens (formerly Interatom, Germany), NNC Ltd. (UK) and Framatome/Div. Novatome (France). The necessary R and D support is given by CEA (France), UKAEA (UK) and KfK/Siemens (Germany). The R and D work is executed in the various national research centres ranging from Dounreay via Bensberg and Karlsruhe to Cadarache. The design work is done at Bensberg, Lyon and Risley. The present programme of design work extends to early 1993 and is aimed at producing a detailed consistent design for the nuclear part of the plant and a non site specific safety report. By that date the basic feasibility of the main design features will have been underwritten by the joint R and D programme and there will be an informal assessment of the general licensibility of the concept by the Ad Hoc Safety Club. In follow-up the utilities will then be in the position to decide whether to proceed with the next steps. The key issues of this phase will include the specification of the plant, the siting, the detailed engineering, licensing with possibly a public enquiry and the question of ownership and financing. In the international arena the collaboration with USSR is proceeding well on the basis of an USSR-Europe Agreement from January 8, 1991; it foresees review and specialists meetings in the field of fast breeder research. On the occasion of

  14. International Working Group on Fast Reactors Second Annual Meeting. Summary Report

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    The Agenda of the Meeting was as follows: Opening of the meeting. 2. Appraisal of the IWGFB's activity for the period from the first annual meeting of the Group. 3. Comments on national programmes on fast breeder reactors. 4. Presentation of general findings and conclusions of national and regional meetings on fast reactor problems held in represented countries and international organisations last year. 5. Comments on the programmes of international meetings on fast reactors to be held in 1969. 6. Consideration of a schedule for meetings on fast reactors in 1970. 7. Suggestions for the topics and location of specialists' meetings in 1969-1970. 8. Suggestions for reviews and studies in the field of fast reactors. 9. The time and place of the third annual meeting of the IWGFR. 10. Closing of the meeting

  15. Challenges and Innovative Technologies on Fuel Handling Systems for Future Sodium Cooled Fast Reactors

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    Fast Reactors have a unique capability as a sustainable energy source in terms of both utilisation of fissile material for energy production and minimisation of the nuclear waste, due to the hard neutron spectrum. As a result of a screening review of candidate technologies and in the frame of the international forum Generation IV, Sodium Fast Reactors (SFR) are amongst the selected systems to address the sustainability issues with a coherent set of innovative requirements. The guidelines for the definition of such innovative requirements are the Generation IV goals with significant improvements on economy, safety, environment, waste management and proliferation resistance as promising milestone towards a sustainable nuclear energy. CEA, AREVA and EDF have an extensive experience and significant expertise in Sodium cooled Fast Reactors over the past 40 years of R and D and feedback experiments. Some improvements are needed on the SFR to meet the GEN IV goals, and in particular the reduction of investment and operating costs: the Fuel Handling System (FHS) can be considered as an essential step in the reactor design. The reactor refuelling system provides the means of transporting, storing and handling reactor core subassemblies. The system consists of the facilities and equipments needed to accomplish the scheduled refuelling operations. The choice of a FHS impacts directly on the general design of the reactor vessel (primary vessel, storage and final cooling before going to reprocessing), its construction cost and its availability factor. Fuel handling design must take into account various items and in particular operating strategies such as core design and management and core configuration. Moreover, the FHS will have to cope with safety assessments: a permanent cooling strategy to prevent fuel clad rupture, plus provisions to handle short cooled fuel and criteria to ensure safety during handling. In addition the handling and elimination of residual sodium must be

  16. Status review of methods for the calculation of fast neutron nuclear data for structural materials of fast and fusion reactors

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    The report contains the texts of the 9 invited papers delivered during the Second Research Co-ordination Meeting on ''Methods for the Calculation of Fast Neutron Nuclear Data for Structural Materials and Fast and Fusion Reactors'' held in Vienna during 15-17 February 1988. A separate abstract was prepared for each of these 9 papers. Refs, figs and tabs

  17. U.S. Study on Impacts of Heterogeneous Recycle in Fast Reactors on Overall Fuel Cycle

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    A study in the United States has evaluated attributes of the heterogeneous recycle approach for plutonium and minor actinides transmutation in fast reactor fuel cycles, with comparison to the homogeneous recycle approach where pertinent. The work investigated the characteristics, advantages and disadvantages of the approach in the overall fuel cycle, including reactor transmutation, systems and safety impacts, fuel separations and fabrication issues, and proliferation risk and transportation impacts. For this evaluation, data from previous and ongoing national studies on heterogeneous recycle were reviewed and synthesized. Where useful, information from international sources were included in the findings. The intent of the work was to provide a comprehensive assessment of the heterogeneous recycle approach at the current time. (author)

  18. Operation and maintenance experience with control rod and their drive mechanisms of fast breeder test reactor

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    This paper explains the functional and construction features of Control Rod Drive Mechanism (CRDM) and control rod used in Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) which is a 40 MWt loop type sodium cooled fast reactor. It discusses all safety related incidents and failures encountered during its service in reactor, the solutions evolved and modifications carried out to prevent recurrence. It also details the maintenance activities and periodical surveillance carried out. The results of a reliability analysis done are also discussed. (author)

  19. Improving Fuel Cycle Design and Safety Characteristics of a Gas Cooled Fast Reactor

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    The Gas Cooled Fast Reactor (GCFR)is one of the Generation IV reactor concepts. This concept specifically targets sustainability of nuclear power generation. In nuclear reactors fertile material is converted to fissile fuel. If the neutrons inducing fission are highly energetic, the opportunity exists to convert more than one fertile nucleus per fission, thereby effectively breeding new nuclear fuel. Reactors operating on this principle are called ‘Fast Breeder Reactor’. Since natural uranium contains 99.3%of the fertile isotope 238U, breeding increases the energy harvested from the nuclear fuel. If nuclear energy is to play an important role as a source of energy in the future, fast breeder reactors are essential for breeding nuclear fuel. Fast neutrons are also more efficient to destruct heavy (Minor Actinide, MA) isotopes, such as Np, Am and Cm isotopes, which dominate the long-term radioactivity of nuclear waste. So the waste life-time can be shortened if the MA nuclei are destroyed. An important prerequisite of sustainable nuclear energy is the closed fuel cycle, where only fission products are discharged to a final repository, and all Heavy Metal (HM) are recycled. The reactor should breed just enough fissile material to allow refueling of the same reactor, adding only fertile material to the recycled material. Other key design choices are highly efficient power conversion using a direct cycle gas turbine, and better safety through the use of helium, a chemically inert coolant which cannot have phase changes in the reactor core. Because the envisaged core temperatures and operating conditions are similar to thermal-spectrum High Temperature Reactor (HTR) concepts, the research for this thesis initially focused on a design based on existing HTR fuel technology: coated particle fuel, assembled into fuel assemblies. It was found that such a fuel concept could not meet the Generation IV criteria set for GCFR: self-breeding is difficult, the temperature

  20. Determination of fast neutron flux distribution in irradiation sites of the Malaysian Nuclear Agency research reactor

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    Determination of thermal to fast neutron flux ratio (ffast) and fast neutron flux (φfast) is required for fast neutron reactions, fast neutron activation analysis, and for correcting interference reactions. The ffast and subsequently φfast were determined using the absolute method. The ffast ranged from 48 to 155, and the φfast was found in the range 1.03x1010-4.89x1010 n cm-2 s-1. These values indicate an acceptable conformity and applicable for installation of the fast neutron facility at the MNA research reactor.

  1. Detailed flux calculations for the conceptual design of the Advanced Neutron Source Reactor

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    A detailed MCNP model of the Advanced Neutron Source Reactor has been developed. All reactor components inside the reflector tank were included, and all components were highly segmented. Neutron and photon multigroup flux spectra have been calculated for each segment in the model, and thermal-to-fast neutron flux ratios were determined for each component segment. Axial profiles of the spectra are provided for all components of the reactor. Individual segment statistical uncertainties were limited wherever possible, and the group fluxes for all important reflector components have a standard deviation below 10%

  2. System of Modelling and Calculation Analysis of Neutron- Physical Experiments at Fast Reactors

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    Moiseyev, A.V. [SSC RF - IPPE, 1 Bondarenko Square, Obninsk, Kaluga Region 249033 (Russian Federation)

    2008-07-01

    There is an actual task on storage, processing and analysis of the unique experimental data received on power fast reactors for their subsequent use in projects of fast reactors of new (4.) generation. For modeling and carrying out analysis of experiments the integrated computing system MODEXSYS has been developed. In this system the mechanism for consecutive calculation of a fast reactor states with the detailed description of its components is created. The system includes the database describing fast reactor states, results of neutron-physical characteristics measurements at fast reactor, calculation and benchmark models of experiments and calculation results. In system convenient search means and the special graphics shell are provided. It has Interfaces for processing of calculation results and their analysis. MODEXSYS system has been applied for analysis of three types of experiments at fast reactor: k{sub eff}, control rod worth and energy release distribution. The most important results of this analysis are described. Application of MODEXSYS system will raise accuracy and reliability of forecasting of fast reactors neutron-physical characteristics; for BN-600 reactor recommended level of accuracy is resulted. (authors)

  3. Progress in liquid metal fast reactor technology. Proceedings of the 28th meeting of the International Working Group on Fast Reactors

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    The key objectives and activities of Member State liquid metal fast reactor (LMFR) programmes are: Demonstration of effective designs; demonstration of system safety; demonstration of economic competitiveness with other power generation systems. The International Working Group on Fast Reactors (IWGFR) at its 1995 meeting observed that while some countries (as a result of static or falling power demand) are reducing the research and development programmes or delaying the commercial deployment of fast reactors, other countries are planning to introduce these reactors and are embarking on their own development programmes. In these circumstances the international exchange of information and experience is of increasing importance. These proceedings contain updated information from long standing members of the IWGFR and new information on the status of LMFR research and development from new members of the Group: Brazil, China, Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Korea. Refs, figs, tabs

  4. Fast Method of Detection of Periodical Radio Sources

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    Rodin, A. E.; Samodourov, V. A.; Oreshko, V. V.

    2015-11-01

    A fast method for searching periodical radio sources based on the Fast Fourier Transform at the radio telescope LPA LPI (the Large Phased Array of the Lebedev Physical Institute) is described. Examples of detection of already known pulsars and a list of new periodical radio sources with coordinates, period, and dispersion measure are presented.

  5. Preliminary Study for Conceptual Design of Advanced Long Life Small Modular Fast Reactor

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    Tak, Taewoo; Choe, Jiwon; Jeong, Yongjin; Lee, Deokjung [Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Ulsan (Korea, Republic of); Kim, T. K. [Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne (United States)

    2015-05-15

    As one of the non-water coolant Small-Modular Reactor (SMR) core concepts for use in the mid- to long-term, ANL has proposed a 100 MWe Advanced sodium-cooled Fast Reactor core concept (AFR-100) targeting a small grid, transportable from pre-licensed factories to the remote plant site for affordable supply. Various breed-and-burn core concepts have been proposed to extend the reactor cycle length, which includes CANDLE with a cigar-type depletion strategy, TerraPower reactors with fuel shuffling for effective breeding, et al. UNIST has also proposed an ultra-long cycle fast reactor (UCFR) core concept having the power rating of 1000 MWe. By adopting the breed-and-burn strategies, the UCFR core can maintain criticality for a targeting reactor lifetime of 60 years without refueling. The objective of this project is to develop an advanced long-life SMR core concept by adopting both the small modular design features of the AFR-100 and the long-life breed-and-burn concept of the UCFR. A conceptual design of long life small modular fast reactor is under development by adopting both the small modular design features of the AFR-100 and the long-life breed-and-burn concept of the UCFR. The feasibility of the long-life fast reactor concepts was reviewed to obtain the core design guidelines and the reactor design requirements of long life small modular fast reactor were proposed in this study.

  6. Supercritical CO2 direct cycle Gas Fast Reactor (SC-GFR) concept.

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    Wright, Steven Alan; Parma, Edward J., Jr.; Suo-Anttila, Ahti Jorma (Computational Engineering Analysis, Albuquerque, NM); Al Rashdan, Ahmad (Texas A& M University, College Station, TX); Tsvetkov, Pavel Valeryevich (Texas A& M University, College Station, TX); Vernon, Milton E.; Fleming, Darryn D.; Rochau, Gary Eugene

    2011-05-01

    This report describes the supercritical carbon dioxide (S-CO{sub 2}) direct cycle gas fast reactor (SC-GFR) concept. The SC-GFR reactor concept was developed to determine the feasibility of a right size reactor (RSR) type concept using S-CO{sub 2} as the working fluid in a direct cycle fast reactor. Scoping analyses were performed for a 200 to 400 MWth reactor and an S-CO{sub 2} Brayton cycle. Although a significant amount of work is still required, this type of reactor concept maintains some potentially significant advantages over ideal gas-cooled systems and liquid metal-cooled systems. The analyses presented in this report show that a relatively small long-life reactor core could be developed that maintains decay heat removal by natural circulation. The concept is based largely on the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) commercial power plants operated in the United Kingdom and other GFR concepts.

  7. Defect assessment procedure: A french approach for fast breeder reactors

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    As a result of a collaborative effort between Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique, Electricite de France, and NOVATOME to produce and improve rules for fast breeder reactors, RCC-MR, an interim defect assessment procedure is now available in the first draft version (appendix A16). This procedure addresses defects detected during in-service inspection for reactor components operating at moderate or high temperature conditions. Three stages have been considered: initiation, propagation under cyclic loading with or without holdtime and crack instability by ductile and creep rupture. For each of these topics, procedures and rules based on fracture mechanics are proposed. Prediction of initiation is obtained by a simplified method named σd method which relies on the evaluation of the real stress-strain history on a small distance d (d = 0.05 mm for 316L(N) austenitic steel) close to the crack front and material characteristics (limiting stresses) that are available in nuclear codes. This method has been developed for fatigue, creep and creep-fatigue conditions. Defect growth assessment is performed for fatigue and creep-fatigue conditions. For creep-fatigue conditions, fatigue and creep crack growth per cycle are calculated separately and the total crack extension is taken as the sum of the two contributions. Extensive use of simplified method for estimating J (Js method) is made and developed when mechanical and thermal loadings are specified. On the final defect size, assessment may be made in order to avoid crack instability by ductile and creep rupture and collapse load on the remaining. The organization and contents of the present version of this appendix A16 is described. An overview of each specific rule is given

  8. Preapplication safety evaluation report for the Sodium Advanced Fast Reactor (SAFR) liquid-metal reactor

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    This safety evaluation report (SER) presents the final results of a preapplication design review for the Sodium Advanced Fast Reactor (SAFR) liquid metal reactor (Project 673). The SAFR conceptual design was submitted by the US Department of Energy (DOE) in accordance with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) ''Statement of Policy for the Regulation of Advanced Nuclear Power Plants'' (51 FR 24643 which provides for the early Commission review and interaction). The standard SAFR plant design consists of four identical reactor modules, referred to as ''paks,'' each with a thermal output rating of 900 MWt, coupled with four steam turbine-generator sets. The total electrical output was held to be 1400 MWe. This SER represents the NRC staff's preliminary technical evaluation of the safety features in the SAFR design. It must be recognized that final conclusions in all matters discussed in this SER require approval by the Commission. During the NRC staff review of the SAFR conceptual design, DOE terminated work on this design in September 1988. This SER documents the work done to that date and no additional work is planned for the SAFR

  9. Development of high nitrogen electrodes for fast breeder reactor applications

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    Austenitic stainless steels of AISI type 316 (316 SS) and its variants are used extensively as structural material for the components of fast reactors operating at temperature up to 823 K. SS 316LN has been chosen as the major structural material for the construction of Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) with a targeted service life of 40 years. To reduce the risk of sensitization in SS 316LN, the carbon content has been reduced to less than 0.03 wt%, and the nitrogen content has been specified as 0.08 wt% to compensate the loss in strength due to the reduced carbon content. An improved version of this alloy with nitrogen content of 0.14 wt% in a frilly austenite matrix has been developed for the future FBRs, to enhance the service life of the structural components up to 60 years. Indigenously developed modified E3 16-1 5 electrodes were used for the fabrication of PFBR components to enhance the structural reliability of the components. The modifications from AWS/ASME SFA 5.4 include stringent composition limits, narrow range of ferrite content, and impact toughness after aging at 1023K for 100h, tensile properties at elevated (service) temperatures and intergranular corrosion (IGC) test as per ASTM A262 Practice E. Since the improved version alloy is rich in nitrogen content than the existing alloy, it has become necessary to develop a welding consumable with reasonably good weldability that is suitable for the fabrication of future FBR components. At present there are no commercially available welding consumables to weld these steels and the development is under way. In this work, a matching consumable methodology was adopted to develop the welding consumable. However, as per specification targeting the chemistry, solidification mode and delta ferrite was challenging, since the solidification mode of the weld metal shifts to fully austenitic region due to dilution of nitrogen from the base metal, which may increase the risk of hot cracking susceptibility

  10. Axial distribution of absorbed doses in fast neutron field at the RB reactor

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    The coupled fast thermal system CFTS at the RB reactor is created for obtaining fast neutron fields. The axial distribution of fast neutron flux density in its second configuration (CFTS-2) is measured. The axial distribution of absorbed doses is computed on the basis of mentioned experimental results. At the end these experimental and computed results are given. (Author)

  11. Test of a prototype neutron spectrometer based on diamond detectors in a fast reactor

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    Osipenko, M; Ripani, M; Pillon, M; Ricco, G; Caiffi, B; Cardarelli, R; Verona-Rinati, G; Argiro, S

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    A prototype of neutron spectrometer based on diamond detectors has been developed. This prototype consists of a $^6$Li neutron converter sandwiched between two CVD diamond crystals. The radiation hardness of the diamond crystals makes it suitable for applications in low power research reactors, while a low sensitivity to gamma rays and low leakage current of the detector permit to reach good energy resolution. A fast coincidence between two crystals is used to reject background. The detector was read out using two different electronic chains connected to it by a few meters of cable. The first chain was based on conventional charge-sensitive amplifiers, the other used a custom fast charge amplifier developed for this purpose. The prototype has been tested at various neutron sources and showed its practicability. In particular, the detector was calibrated in a TRIGA thermal reactor (LENA laboratory, University of Pavia) with neutron fluxes of $10^8$ n/cm$^2$s and at the 3 MeV D-D monochromatic neutron source na...

  12. How Argonne's Intense Pulsed Neutron Source came to life and gained its niche : the view from an ecosystem perspective

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    At first glance the story of the Intense Pulsed Neutron Source (IPNS) at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) appears to have followed a puzzling course. When researchers first proposed their ideas for an accelerator-driven neutron source for exploring the structure of materials through neutron scattering, the project seemed so promising that both Argonne managers and officials at the laboratory's funding agency, the Department of Energy (DOE), suggested that it be made larger and more expensive. But then, even though prototype building, testing, and initial construction went well a group of prominent DOE reviewers recommended in fall 1980 that it be killed, just months before it had been slated to begin operation, and DOE promptly accepted the recommendation. In response, Argonne's leadership declared the project was the laboratory's top priority and rallied to save it. In late 1982, thanks to another review panel led by the same scientist who had chaired the panel that had delivered the death sentence, the project was granted a reprieve. However, by the late 1980s, the IPNS was no longer top priority within the international materials science community, at Argonne, or within the DOE budget because prospects for another, larger materials science accelerator emerged. At just this point, the facility started to produce exciting scientific results. For the next two decades, the IPNS, its research, and its experts became valued resources at Argonne, within the U.S. national laboratory system, and within the international materials science community. Why did this Argonne project prosper and then almost suffer premature death, even though it promised (and later delivered) good science? How was it saved and how did it go on to have a long, prosperous life for more than a quarter of a century? In particular, what did an expert assessment of the quality of IPNS science have to do with its fate? Getting answers to such questions is important. The U.S. government spends a lot

  13. Physics of Fast and Intermediate Reactors. V. I. Proceedings of the Seminar on the Physics of Fast and Intermediate Reactors. V. I

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    It is generally agreed that the ultimate economic advantage of power produced by nuclear fission over that produced by conventional sources depends on the ability of a certain type of reactor to breed precious nuclear fuel out of the plentiful but not readily fissionable isotope of uranium. This fact is mainly responsible for the importance attached to the development of fast power reactors, but many other interesting properties of unmoderated or weakly moderated reactor systems have also been brought to light by reactor physicists. In August 1961 the Agency organized in Vienna a Seminar on the Physics of Past and Intermediate Reactors, at which all the topics relating to this important branch, of reactor science were discussed. The main feature of this meeting was extensive discussion of the 66 written contributions, which set the stage for a wide exchange of experience and ideas throughout 13 half-day sessions. The Seminar was attended by 132 scientists from 22 Member States and two international organizations. It is hoped that these Proceedings of the Seminar, which include both the papers presented and a record of the discussions, will be useful as a reference work both to research workers in the field and to newcomers to it for many years to come. The Agency's thanks are due to all the participating scientists for their written or oral contributions and especially to those among them who, as session chairmen, led the discussions and contributed greatly to the success of the meeting. During the Seminar, sixty-five papers were orally presented, and seven more were accepted for publication in the Proceedings. In order that these Proceedings might be in the hands of their users at an early date, the method of presentation of the papers and of the extensive session discussions had to be somewhat different from the one usually followed. The complete record of the sessions will be found at the end of Volume III. The order in which the papers are presented here is not

  14. Uncertainties in analysis of innovative lead-cooled fast reactors

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    There are numerous uncertainties in the prediction of innovative reactor design, arising from approximations used in the solution of the transport equation, and in nuclear data processing and cross section libraries generation. This paper describes the problems encountered in the analysis of the Encapsulated Nuclear Heat Source (ENHS) core benchmark and the new cross section libraries developed to overcome these problems. The ENHS is a new lead-bismuth or lead cooled novel reactor concept that is fuelled with metallic alloy of Pu, U and Zr, and i designed to operate for 20 effective full power years without refuelling and with very small burnup reactivity swing. The computational tools benchmarked include MOCUP-a coupled MCNP-4C and ORIGEN2.1 utility codes with MCNP data libraries based on ENDF/B-VI evaluations; and KWO2-a coupled KENO-V.a and ORIGEN2.1 code with ENDFB-V.2 based 238 groups library. Uncertainties in the cross sections of lead were found particularly large and deserve careful evaluation. (author)

  15. Commercial US Vendors Focus on Reducing the Cost of Fast Reactors

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    Fast reactor development was originally motivated by the perceived scarcity of uranium and fast reactors were designed to be integrated with fuel cycle reprocessing. Although these are still important considerations, several commercial companies in the United States of America are exploiting other key characteristics of the fast neutron spectrum to design reactors that offer significant capital and energy production cost reductions. Corporate operating philosophies, funding mechanisms, target markets, reactor fuels, coolants and designs from each of these companies are vastly different. Despite this, the companies are each focusing on one or more of the following fast neutron spectrum characteristics: compact designs, inherent safety characteristics, improved efficiencies due to high temperatures, extended core lifetimes and/or high fuel burnup. The challenge they perceive is to design reactors that customers will purchase primarily because they are the most cost effective for their energy needs. (author)

  16. Los Alamos experiments and their impacts on fast reactor safety

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    Results of two sets of recent Los Alamos transition-phase experiments are reported herein. The two sets of experiments addressed two different behaviors of boiling pools of molten fuel, molten steel and steel vapor, in the transition phase of a core-disruptive accident (CDA) in a liquid-metal fast breeder reactor (LMFBR). The transient boilup experiments simulated the recriticality-induced motions of a boiling pool within a single subassembly during the subassembly-pool subphase of the transition phase. The melting wall experiments simulated the melting and entrainment of subassembly duct wall steel into a boiling pool during the same subphase. From the results of the transient boilup experiment we identified behaviors and phenomena that argue against an energetic disassembly from the subassembly-pool subphase. From the melting wall experiments we determined that a stable boiling pool is unlikely by showing that significant amounts of wall steel would likely be rapidly entrained and lead to pool collapse. 8 refs., 3 figs

  17. Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor (GFR) Decay Heat Removal Concepts

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    K. D. Weaver; L-Y. Cheng; H. Ludewig; J. Jo

    2005-09-01

    Current research and development on the Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor (GFR) has focused on the design of safety systems that will remove the decay heat during accident conditions, ion irradiations of candidate ceramic materials, joining studies of oxide dispersion strengthened alloys; and within the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI) the fabrication of carbide fuels and ceramic fuel matrix materials, development of non-halide precursor low density and high density ceramic coatings, and neutron irradiation of candidate ceramic fuel matrix and metallic materials. The vast majority of this work has focused on the reference design for the GFR: a helium-cooled, direct power conversion system that will operate with an outlet temperature of 850ºC at 7 MPa. In addition to the work being performed in the United States, seven international partners under the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) have identified their interest in participating in research related to the development of the GFR. These are Euratom (European Commission), France, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Of these, Euratom (including the United Kingdom), France, and Japan have active research activities with respect to the GFR. The research includes GFR design and safety, and fuels/in-core materials/fuel cycle projects. This report is a compilation of work performed on decay heat removal systems for a 2400 MWt GFR during this fiscal year (FY05).

  18. Dissolution of low burnup Fast Flux Test reactor fuel

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    The first Fast-Flux Test Facility reactor fuel [mixed (U,Pu)O2 composition] has been used in dissolution tests for fuel reprocessing. The fuel tested here had a peak burnup of 0.22 at. %, with peak centerline temperatures of 19970C. Linear dissolution rates of 0.99 to 1.57 mm/h were determined for dissolver solution and fresh acid, respectively. Insoluble residues from dissolution at 950C ranged from 0.18 to 0.28% of the original fuel. From 2 to 37 wt % of the residue was recoverable plutonium. Dissolution at 290C yielded residues of 0.56 to 0.64% of the original fuel. The major elements present in the HF leached residue included Ru, Mo, and Rh. The recovered cladding from the 950C dissolution contained the equivalent of 198 mg of 239Pu per 100 g of hulls, while the cladding from the 290c experiments contained only 0.21 mg of 239Pu per 100 g of hulls. 9 references, 5 figures

  19. Development of vanadium fuel cladding for Sodium Fast Reactors

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    Vanadium alloys are promising material for some core components of the Sodium Fast Reactors, especially for fuel cladding applications. With good mechanical properties up to 800°C at least, good behavior under irradiation above 400°C and limited swelling, they also have the benefit from fusion program. In 2010, CEA launched the manufacturing of a V-4Cr-4Ti alloy, well documented in literature, to validate the uneasy fabrication process linked to interstitial element sensitivity and potential pollution in master alloys. 30kg of CEA-J57 alloy (7 mm-plates) were fabricated for the CEA by GfE Metalle und Materialien GmbH, Nuremberg, Germany. The program includes the investigation of recrystallization, resulting microstructure and DBTT values, high temperature mechanical properties such as tensile strength and creep resistance, chemical compatibility with both the oxide fuel and the coolant and assessment of tube fabrication, actually a triplex tube with inner and outer liners to protect vanadium from oxidation during the hot processing. (author)

  20. A Global Assessment of Fast Reactors in the Future

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    Various criteria will be presented and used for assessing the future of sodium cooled fast reactors (SFRs) on a worldwide basis, including sustainability, economics, contribution to maintaining nuclear R&D excellence, long term acceptability of nuclear energy, leading position in nuclear energy industry for countries developing SFRs and diversification of the risks and insurance. One of the main concerns is public acceptance, which may vary over time for a number of reasons. If it is assumed that safety and non-proliferation concerns will be dealt with effectively, acceptance will most probably be obtained and the question will not be whether to launch SFRs on an industrial scale, but when and where. An assessment of the market will also be provided in this paper. The world market for industrial Gen IV SFRs is expected to be between 0 and 2 units (1500 MW(e)) per year based on an optimistic approach, before economic competitiveness is reached, and 10–15 later. Though there are large uncertainties on the exact period at which economic competitiveness will be reached, it is most probably likely to occur sometime during the second half of the century. In the future, the advantages of SFRs will likely grow significantly faster than any disadvantages. (author)

  1. UK fast reactor components. Sodium removal decontamination and requalification

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    Extensive experience gained at the U.K.A.E.A. Dounreay Nuclear Power Development Establishment is being applied to form the basis of the plant to be provided for sodium removal, decontamination, and requalification of components in future commercial fast reactors. In the first part of a three part paper, the factors to be taken into account, showing the UK philosophy and approach to maintenance and repair operations are discussed. In the second part, PFR facilities for sodium removal and decontamination are described and some examples are given of cleaning components such as pumps, charge machine, cold trap baskets, and steam generator units. Similar facilities at DFR are briefly described. In the third part of the paper a short description is given of the Harwell mass transfer loop, currently used to study the deposition of activated stainless steel corrosion products. Decontamination method for pipework specimens cut from the loop are described and results of first screening tests of various chemical decontaminants are presented. (U.K.)

  2. Method of advancing research and development of fast breeder reactors

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    In the long term plan of atomic energy development and utilization, fast breeder reactors are to be developed as the main of the future nuclear power generation in Japan, and when their development is advanced, it has been decided to positively aim at building up the plutonium utilization system using FBRs superior to the uranium utilization system using LWRs. Also it has been decided that the development of FBRs requires to exert incessant efforts for a considerable long period under the proper cooperation system of government and people, and as for its concrete development, hereafter the deliberation is to be carried out in succession by the expert subcommittee on FBR development projects of the Atomic Energy Commission. The subcommittee was founded in May, 1986, to deliberate on the long term promotion measures for FBR development, the measures for promoting the research and development, the examination of the basic specification of a demonstration FBR, the measures for promoting international cooperation, and other important matters. As the results of investigation, the situation around the development of FBRs, the fundamentals at the time of promoting the research and development, the subjects of the research and development and so on are reported. (Kako, I.)

  3. Experimental Studies on Assemblies 1 and 2 of the Fast Reactor FR-0. Part 2

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    In a first part of this report, published as AE-195, an account was given of critical mass determinations and measurements of flux distribution and reaction ratios in the first assemblies of the fast zero power reactor FR0. This second part of the report deals with various investigations involving the measurement of reactivity. Control rod calibrations have been made using the positive period, the inverse multiplication, the rod drop and the pulsed source techniques, and show satisfactory agreement between the various methods. The reactivity worths of samples of different materials and different sizes have been measured at the core centre. Comparisons with perturbation calculations show that the regular and adjoint fluxes are well predicted in the central region of the core. The variation in the prompt neutron life-time with reactivity has been studied by means of the pulsed source and the Rossi-α techniques. Comparison with one region calculations reveals large discrepancies, indicating that this simple model is inadequate. Some investigations of streaming effects in an empty channel in the reactor and of interaction effects between channels have been made and are compared with theoretical estimates. Measurements of the reactivity worth of an air gap between the reactor halves and of the temperature coefficient are also described in the report. The work has been performed as a joint effort by AB Atomenergi and the Research Institute of National Defence

  4. Hydraulic Experiment for Simulative Assemblies of Blanket Assembly and Np Transmutation Assembly of China Experimental Fast Reactor

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    2013-01-01

    The out-of reactor hydraulic experiment of fast reactor assembly is one of the important experiments in the process of the development of the fast reactor assembly.In this experiment,the size of the throttling element in the foot of the assembly is decided which is fit for the flow division in the reactor and the

  5. Shape optimization of a Sodium Fast Reactor core

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We apply in this paper a geometrical shape optimization method for the design of the core of a SFR (Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor in order to minimize a thermal counter-reaction known as the sodium void effect. In this kind of reactors, by increasing the temperature, the core may become liable to a strong increase of reactivity, a key-parameter governing the chain-reaction at quasi-static states. We first use the one group energy diffusion model and give the generalization to the two groups energy equation. We then give some numerical results in the case of the one group energy equation. Note that the application of our method leads to some designs whose interfaces can be parametrized by very smooth curves which can stand very far from realistic designs. We don’t explain here the method that it would be possible to use for recovering an operational design but there exists several penalization methods (see [2] that could be employed to this end. On applique dans cet article une méthode d’optimisation géométrique dans le cadre de la conception d’un cœur de réacteur SFR (Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor, i.e. réacteur à neutron rapide refroidi au sodium dans le but de minimiser une contre réaction thermique connue sous le nom d’effet de vidange sodium. Lorsqu’une augmentation de température survient, ce type de réacteur peut être sujet à une forte augmentation de réactivité, un paramètre clé dans le contrôle de la réaction en chaîne en régime quasi-statique. On a recours à l’équation de diffusion à un groupe puis on donne la généralisation du modèle d’optimisation pour l’équation de la diffusion à deux groupes d’énergie. On présente ensuite quelques résultats numériques obtenus dans le cas de l’équation à un groupe d’énergie. On note que l’application de cette méthode conduit à des designs de cœur présentant des interfaces très régulières qui sont loin d’un design de cœur faisable sur le

  6. Control approach to the load frequency regulation of a Generation IV Lead-cooled Fast Reactor

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    Highlights: • Dedicated control strategy for adjusting the electrical power according to the grid requirements. • Decoupling of the Balance of Plant from the reactor primary circuit thanks to effective feedback regulators. • Primary frequency regulation and islanding simulations assessed with an object-oriented model. - Abstract: One of the most pressing issues in the study of the power generation and distribution is the characterization of the grid behavior, whether a relevant fraction of the connected power plants relies on Renewable Energy Sources. Indeed, because of the discontinuous power supply and the limited presence of energy accumulators, concerning power imbalances may take place on the grid. The power plants ensuring high reliability performance should be ready to feed the loads when the Renewable Energy Sources are not available. In order to ensure the grid stability and the sustainability of nuclear energy, the possibility of operating Generation-IV nuclear reactors in a flexible way should be considered, i.e., the Nuclear Power Plants should adjust the mechanical power produced so as to comply with the sudden grid frequency variations. In the present work, this opportunity is assessed for the Lead-cooled Fast Reactors, adopting the Advanced Lead Fast Reactor European Demonstrator (ALFRED) as a representative of Lead-cooled Fast Reactor technology. For this reactor concept, because of the large thermal inertia that characterizes the system, the adoption of the “reactor-follows-turbine” scheme (currently employed in the Pressurized Water Reactors) is not feasible. An alternative solution is proposed, i.e., the set-point for the thermal power produced in the core is kept constant at the nominal value (or slowly variable), and the set-point for the mechanical power available to the alternator is adjusted according to the load demands. In order to assess the performance of the developed control scheme, two case studies are simulated. In the

  7. Determination of fast neutron flux distribution in irradiation sites of the Malaysian Nuclear Agency research reactor

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    Yavar, A.R. [School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, National University of Malaysia (UKM), 43600 Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Sarmani, S.B. [School of Chemical Sciences and Food Technology, Faculty of Science and Technology, National University of Malaysia (UKM), 43600 Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Wood, A.K. [Analytical Chemistry Application Group, Industrial Technology Division, Malaysian Nuclear Agency (MNA), Bangi, 43000 Kajang, Selangor (Malaysia); Fadzil, S.M. [School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, National University of Malaysia (UKM), 43600 Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Radir, M.H. [Analytical Chemistry Application Group, Industrial Technology Division, Malaysian Nuclear Agency (MNA), Bangi, 43000 Kajang, Selangor (Malaysia); Khoo, K.S., E-mail: khoo@ukm.m [School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, National University of Malaysia (UKM), 43600 Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia)

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    Determination of thermal to fast neutron flux ratio (f{sub fast}) and fast neutron flux ({phi}{sub fast}) is required for fast neutron reactions, fast neutron activation analysis, and for correcting interference reactions. The f{sub fast} and subsequently {phi}{sub fast} were determined using the absolute method. The f{sub fast} ranged from 48 to 155, and the {phi}{sub fast} was found in the range 1.03x10{sup 10}-4.89x10{sup 10} n cm{sup -2} s{sup -1}. These values indicate an acceptable conformity and applicable for installation of the fast neutron facility at the MNA research reactor.

  8. Operational and decommissioning experience with fast reactors. Proceedings of a technical meeting

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    For three decades, several countries had large and vigorous fast breeder reactor development programmes. In most cases, fast reactor development programmes were at their peaks by 1980. From that time onward, fast reactor development in general began to decline. The effort essentially disappeared for fast breeder reactor development. Similarly, programmes in other nations were terminated or substantially reduced. In France, Superphenix was shut down at the end of 1998; SNR-300 in Germany was completed but not taken into operation, and KNK-II was permanently shut down in 1991 after 17 years of operation, and is scheduled to be dismantled by 2004; in the UK, PFR was shut down in 1994; BN-350 in Kazakhstan was shut down in 1998. It is difficult to argue that fast breeder reactors will be built in the near term when no commercial market exists and there is a plentiful supply of cheap uranium. Nevertheless, it is reasonable to assume that, were nuclear energy to remain an option as part of the long term world energy supply mix, meeting the sustainability requirements vis-a-vis natural resources and long lived radioactive waste management will require deploying systems involving several reactor types and fuel cycles operating in symbiosis. Apart from cost effectiveness, simplification, and safety considerations, a basic requirement to these reactor types and fuel cycles will be flexibility to accommodate changing objectives and boundary conditions. This flexibility can only be assured with the deployment of the fast neutron spectrum reactor technology, and reprocessing. At the same time that the interest in the fast reactor waned, the retirement of many of the developers of this technology reached its peak, between 1990 and 2000, and hiring diminished in parallel. Moreover, R and D programmes are being discontinued, and facilities falling in disuse. Under these circumstances, the loss of the fast reactor knowledge should be taken seriously. One particularly important

  9. A review of the Italian fast reactor programme

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    In the frame of Italian nuclear program, this report deals with the current activities related to PEC reactor delay in construction and start-up, activities within the joint venture between Novatome, France and NIRA, Italy related to components for Super Phenix reactor, participation of NIRA in the Super Phenix studies covering technology of reactor components, reactor core, fuel, safety, fuel cycle technical and economical aspects, codes and standards

  10. Development of metallic fuels for Indian Fast Breeder Reactors

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    The neutronic performance of metal fuel based on binary U-Pu alloy or ternary U-Pu-Zr alloys are better than conventional uranium plutonium mixed oxide or high density carbide ceramic fuel. The growing energy demand in India needs faster growth of nuclear power and warrants introduction of fast reactors based on metallic fuels in future. Physics calculation showed that fast reactor based on metallic fuels results in higher breeding ratio and lower doubling time compare to mixed oxide or carbide fuels. Moreover inclusion of pyro-processing of the fuel in the fuel cycle is expected to make metal fuel option more economical. As part of metal fuel development programme for future FBR's in India, capsule irradiation of metal fuel based on sodium bonded U-Pu-Zr alloy and metal (Zircaloy) bonded binary U-Pu (Pu ∼ 15 %) alloy are being actively pursued. For this purpose two design concepts have been proposed : one based on sodium bonded ternary alloy fuel of U-Pu-Zr (2-10 wt%) in modified T91 cladding material and the other is U-Pu binary alloy mechanically bonded to modified T91 cladding material with 'Zircaloy' as a liner between the fuel alloy and the clad. The Zircaloy liner act as a barrier in reducing the fuel clad chemical interaction. It also helps in transfer of heat from the fuel to the clad. The smear density of metal bonded pin will be between 70% - 85% and that for sodium bonded pin will be ∼ 70%. In metal bonded fuel pin design two/four semi-circular grooves of diameter ∼1.0 mm, will be provided in diametrically opposite directions in the fuel cross section to accommodate fuel swelling. A comparison has been made on the relative merits and demerits of these two fuel pin designs. The material for the axial blanket will be 'U' or U-Zr (Zr upto 10wt %) alloy based on the results of the out-of-pile thermal cycling behavior and irradiation performance. In the present investigation out-of-pile experiments have been carried out to address some of the issues of

  11. Small Fast Spectrum Reactor Designs Suitable for Direct Nuclear Thermal Propulsion

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    Bruce G. Schnitzler; Stanley K. Borowski

    2012-07-01

    Advancement of U.S. scientific, security, and economic interests through a robust space exploration program requires high performance propulsion systems to support a variety of robotic and crewed missions beyond low Earth orbit. Past studies, in particular those in support of both the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) and Space Exploration Initiative (SEI), have shown nuclear thermal propulsion systems provide superior performance for high mass high propulsive delta-V missions. The recent NASA Design Reference Architecture (DRA) 5.0 Study re-examined mission, payload, and transportation system requirements for a human Mars landing mission in the post-2030 timeframe. Nuclear thermal propulsion was again identified as the preferred in-space transportation system. A common nuclear thermal propulsion stage with three 25,000-lbf thrust engines was used for all primary mission maneuvers. Moderately lower thrust engines may also have important roles. In particular, lower thrust engine designs demonstrating the critical technologies that are directly extensible to other thrust levels are attractive from a ground testing perspective. An extensive nuclear thermal rocket technology development effort was conducted from 1955-1973 under the Rover/NERVA Program. Both graphite and refractory metal alloy fuel types were pursued. Reactors and engines employing graphite based fuels were designed, built and ground tested. A number of fast spectrum reactor and engine designs employing refractory metal alloy fuel types were proposed and designed, but none were built. The Small Nuclear Rocket Engine (SNRE) was the last engine design studied by the Los Alamos National Laboratory during the program. At the time, this engine was a state-of-the-art graphite based fuel design incorporating lessons learned from the very successful technology development program. The SNRE was a nominal 16,000-lbf thrust engine originally intended for unmanned applications with relatively short engine

  12. Small Fast Spectrum Reactor Designs Suitable for Direct Nuclear Thermal Propulsion

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    Schnitzler, Bruce G.; Borowski, Stanley K.

    2012-01-01

    Advancement of U.S. scientific, security, and economic interests through a robust space exploration program requires high performance propulsion systems to support a variety of robotic and crewed missions beyond low Earth orbit. Past studies, in particular those in support of the Space Exploration Initiative (SEI), have shown nuclear thermal propulsion systems provide superior performance for high mass high propulsive delta-V missions. The recent NASA Design Reference Architecture (DRA) 5.0 Study re-examined mission, payload, and transportation system requirements for a human Mars landing mission in the post-2030 timeframe. Nuclear thermal propulsion was again identified as the preferred in-space transportation system. A common nuclear thermal propulsion stage with three 25,000-lbf thrust engines was used for all primary mission maneuvers. Moderately lower thrust engines may also have important roles. In particular, lower thrust engine designs demonstrating the critical technologies that are directly extensible to other thrust levels are attractive from a ground testing perspective. An extensive nuclear thermal rocket technology development effort was conducted from 1955-1973 under the Rover/NERVA Program. Both graphite and refractory metal alloy fuel types were pursued. Reactors and engines employing graphite based fuels were designed, built and ground tested. A number of fast spectrum reactor and engine designs employing refractory metal alloy fuel types were proposed and designed, but none were built. The Small Nuclear Rocket Engine (SNRE) was the last engine design studied by the Los Alamos National Laboratory during the program. At the time, this engine was a state-of-the-art graphite based fuel design incorporating lessons learned from the very successful technology development program. The SNRE was a nominal 16,000-lbf thrust engine originally intended for unmanned applications with relatively short engine operations and the engine and stage design were

  13. Research reactors as sources of atmospheric radioxenon

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    Radioxenon emissions of the TRIGA Mark II research reactor in Vienna were investigated with respect to a possible impact on the verification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban-Treaty. Using the Swedish Automatic Unit for Noble Gas Acquisition (SAUNA II), five radioxenon isotopes 125Xe, 131mXe, 133mXe, 133Xe and 135Xe were detected, of which 125Xe is solely produced by neutron capture in stable atmospheric 124Xe and hence acts as an indicator for neutron activation processes. The other nuclides are produced in both fission and neutron capture reactions. The detected activity concentrations ranged from 0.0010 to 190 Bq/m3. The source of the radioxenon is not yet fully clarified, but it could be micro-cracks in the fuel cladding, fission of 235U contaminations on the outside of the fuel elements or neutron activation of atmospheric Xe. Neutron deficient 125Xe with its highly complex decay scheme was seen for the first time in a SAUNA system. In many experiments the activity ratios of the radioxenon nuclides carry the signature of nuclear explosions, if 131mXe is omitted. Only if 131mXe is included into the calculations of the isotopic activity ratios, the majority of the measurements revealed a 'civil' signature (typical for a NPP). A significant contribution of the TRIGA Vienna to the global or European radioxenon inventory can be excluded. Due to the very low activities, the emissions are far below any concern for human health. (author)

  14. Status of national programmes on fast breeder reactors. Twenty-fifth annual meeting of the International Working Group on Fast Reactors. Summary report. Working material

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    At present nuclear power accounts for approximately 17% of total electricity generation worldwide. Given continuing population growth and the needs of the third world and developing countries to improve their economic performance and standard of living, energy demand is expected to continue to grow through the 21st century. The proportion of energy supplied as electricity is also expected to continue to increase. Although fossil fuelled electricity generation is the option preferred by several countries for the short term, there are rising concerns over climatic consequences caused by extended burning of fossil fuels as a result of the demands of a fast expanding world population. In this situation nuclear electricity will become more and more important and the known reserves of uranium would be consumed quite quickly by thermal reactors. It would be possible to sustain a large nuclear programme only by introducing fast reactors. One can conclude that there are strategic reasons for pursuing the development of fast breeder reactors. It will become desirable essential, to have this technology available for introduction. The experience of the various prototypes presently in operation has confirmed the operability and benign characteristics of the LMFR and has given ground for confidence in the future. Current fast reactor designs offer very large margins of safety and by virtue of redundant and diverse safety systems the potential for an energetic core disruptive accident or for fast reactor core meltdown has been essentially eliminated. Several international forums reviewed the current trends in the fast reactor development. The view was reaffirmed that fast breeder reactors still remain the most practical tool for effective utilization of uranium resources for the future energy needs. Achievement of competitiveness with LMRs is still the first priority condition for the future deployment of this type of reactor. The recycling of plutonium into LMFBRs would allow

  15. Determination of nitrogen in wheat flour through Activation analysis using Fast neutron flux of a Thermal nuclear reactor

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    In this work is done a technical study for determining Nitrogen (protein) and other elements in wheat flour Activation analysis, with Fast neutrons from a Thermal nuclear reactor. Initially it is given an introduction about the basic principles of the methods of analysis. Equipment used in Activation analysis and a brief description of the neutron source (Thermal nuclear reactor). The realized experiments for determining the flux form in the irradiation site, the half life of N-13 and the interferences due to the sample composition are included too. Finally, the obtained results by Activation and the Kjeldahl method are tabulated. (Author)

  16. The present status of the fast breeder reactor industrialization in western Europe

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    The development of the liquid metal fast breeder reactor in Europe started in the mid-fifties, after the successful operation of EBR-1 at ARCO, Idaho, in 1951. A more and more integrated development among the countries of the European Community culminated in 1986 with the beginning to power of the 1200 MWe SUPERPHENIX plant at Creys-Malville, France. The road is now open towards the full industrialization of the liquid metal fast breeder reactor at the moment, in 2005, when the first European thermal neutron power reactor station will have to be decommissioned and replaced. The European programme aims at providing the utilities at that time with a clear choice between thermal neutron reactors and fast breeder reactors, both economical but very different in their use of the limited natural resource that uranium is. (author)

  17. Present status of the fast breeder reactor industrialization in western Europe

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    The development of the liquid metal fast breeder reactor in Europe started in the mid-fifties, after the successful operation of EBR-1 at ARCO, Idaho, in 1951. A more and more integrated development among the countries of the European Community culminated in 1986 with the startup of the 1200 MWe SUPERPHENIX plant at Creys-Malville, France. The road is now open towards the full industrialization of the liquid metal fast breeder reactor at the moment, in 2005, when the first European thermal neutron power reactor station will have to be decommissioned and replaced. The European programme aims at providing the utilities at that time with a clear choice between thermal neutron reactors and fast breeder reactors, both economical but very different in their use of the limited natural resources that uranium

  18. A review of the United Kingdom fast reactor programme: March 1987

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    The UK fast reactor programme is reviewed under the following headings: Progress with PFR; Reprocessing; Commercial Design Studies: Structural Integrity; Engineering and Components; Materials; Sodium Chemistry; Core and Fuel; Safety; Plant Performance Studies. (U.K.)

  19. Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycles: Challenges and Opportunities (FR09). Proceedings of an International Conference

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    This is the proceedings of an international conference on fast reactors and related fuel cycles convened to exchange experience and innovative ideas in order to achieve progress in this field. Fast reactor programmes are currently on an accelerated growth path in many countries of the world, and the last international fast reactor conference was held almost 20 years ago. The scope of discussion included key scientific and technological areas such as fuels and materials development, safety, advanced simulation, component and system design and coolant technology, in which innovation is pursued to ensure that next generations fast reactor fuel cycles will achieve their potential. The accompanying CD-ROM contains the contributed papers and posters, summaries of 150 oral presentations and the young generation event.

  20. On the major DYN3D developments for fast reactor design and transient analysis

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    Merk, B.; Kliem, S. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V., Dresden (Germany). Reactor Safety Div.

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    Due to the French project ASTRID, the European CP-ESFR project, and the MYRRHA/FASTEF project, the research work on fast reactors has got a new push in Europe. Additionally to this European projects a strong project is growing in Russia based on the lead cooled fast reactor design BREST. Following this trend, the Institute of Resource Ecology at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf has decided to start several projects dedicated to fast reactor technology, among them the extension of the well validated LWR core simulator DYN3D. The new developments, first validation results, and the next strategic steps for the adaption of the code for the improved simulation of fast reactor cores are presented. (orig.)

  1. Method of locating a leaking fuel element in a fast breeder power reactor

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    Honekamp, John R. (Downers Grove, IL); Fryer, Richard M. (Idaho Falls, ID)

    1978-01-01

    Leaking fuel elements in a fast reactor are identified by measuring the ratio of .sup.134 Xe to .sup.133 Xe in the reactor cover gas following detection of a fuel element leak, this ratio being indicative of the power and burnup of the failed fuel element. This procedure can be used to identify leaking fuel elements in a power breeder reactor while continuing operation of the reactor since the ratio measured is that of the gases stored in the plenum of the failed fuel element. Thus, use of a cleanup system for the cover gas makes it possible to identify sequentially a multiplicity of leaking fuel elements without shutting the reactor down.

  2. Method of locating a leaking fuel element in a fast breeder power reactor

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    Honekamp, J.R.; Fryer, R.M.

    1978-03-21

    Leaking fuel elements in a fast reactor are identified by measuring the ratio of /sup 134/Xe to /sup 133/Xe in the reactor cover gas following detection of a fuel element leak, this ratio being indicative of the power and burnup of the failed fuel element. This procedure can be used to identify leaking fuel elements in a power breeder reactor while continuing operation of the reactor since the ratio measured is that of the gases stored in the plenum of the failed fuel element. Thus, use of a cleanup system for the cover gas makes it possible to identify sequentially a multiplicity of leaking fuel elements without shutting the reactor down.

  3. Start-up dynamics of NPP with a dissociating coolant fast reactor

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    The paper presents the method of computation of the coolant parameters at start-up of a MPP with dissociating coolant fast reactor based on the assumption of the quasi-stationary proceeding of the processes with slow variation of the coolant parameters. The results of the computation variation of the coolant basic parameters in the reactor upon warming-up are given. The mathematical model of the transient processes in the reactor core is given. The influence of the different effects on the reactor dynamics is shown. It is determined that in the range of parameters typical of the warming-up regimes, the reactor possesses good s lf-regulation characteristics

  4. Coupled neutronics and thermal-hydraulics numerical simulations of a Molten Salt Fast Reactor (MSFR)

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    Coupled neutronics and thermalhydraulic numerical analyses of a molten salt fast reactor (MSFR) are presented. These preliminary numerical simulations are carried-out using the Monte Carlo code MCNP and the Computation Fluid Dynamic code OpenFOAM. The main objectives of this analysis performed at steady-reactor conditions are to confirm the acceptability of the current neutronic and thermalhydraulic designs of the reactor, to study the effects of the reactor operating conditions on some of the key MSFR design parameters such as the temperature peaking factor. The effects of the precursor's motion on the reactor safety parameters such as the effective fraction of delayed neutrons have been evaluated. (authors)

  5. Quasi-static reactivity balance interpretations of inherent safety response in fast and thermal reactors

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    The quasi-static reactivity balance provides a useful way to codify the inherent response of a reactor to unprotected accident initiators. This approach has been used to illuminate the underlying physics of passive reactivity shutdown in liquid-metal-cooled fast reactors (LMRs) and has facilitated the design effort to configure LMR reactor cores for favorable inherent safety features. The purpose of this paper is to extend the quasi-static reactivity balance methodology to thermal reactor types - and in particular to the modular high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (MHTGR) where, as in LMRs, passive reactivity shutdown is a design goal

  6. Neutron cross-section libraries in the AMPX master interface format for thermal and fast reactors

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    Neutron cross-section libraries in the AMPX master interface format have been created for three reactor types. Included are an 84-group library for use with light-water reactors, a 27-group library for use with heavy-water CANDU reactors and a 126-group library for use with liquid metal fast breeder reactors. In general, ENDF/B data were used in the creation of these libraries, and the nuclides included in each library should be sufficient for most neutronic analyses of reactors of that type. Each library has been used successfully in fuel depletion calculations

  7. The Data Required for Fast Reactor Safety Assessment by Probability Methods

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    Probability methods for the assessment of reactor safety have been developed in the UK to the point where it is possible to make some quantitative comparisons of the safety of differing reactor types measured against acceptable criteria for a given site. One particular method for rapid assessment of preliminary designs has been used to show those areas of fast reactor physics and kinetics where further work could materially assist the designer by allowing relaxation of the standards required of reactor shut-down and emergency systems without impairing reactor safety. (author)

  8. Overview of European Community (Activity 3) work on materials properties of fast reactor structural materials

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    The Fast Reactor Coordinating Committee set up in 1974 the Working Group Codes and Standards, and organized its work into four main activities: Manufacturing standards, Structural analysis, Materials and Classification of components. The main purpose of materials activity is to compare and contrast existing national specifications and associated properties relevant to structural materials in fast reactors. Funds are available on a yearly basis for tasks to be carried out through Study Contracts. At present about four Study Contract Reports are prepared each year

  9. Fast reactor core management in Japan: twenty years of evolution at JOYO

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    Twenty years of operations at the experimental fast reactor JOYO provide a wealth of experience with core and fuel management. This experience has been applied to several core modifications to upgrade JOYO's irradiation capability. Core physics tests and Post Irradiation Examination (PIE) results have been used to confirm the accuracy of neutron diffusion theory calculations. These experiences and accumulated data will be useful for the core design in future fast reactors in Japan's development. (author)

  10. Commission of the European Communities - Activities in the field of fast reactors

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    The Commission of the European Communities is performing activities in the field of fast reactor on two lines: a) activities aiming to prepare the commercialization of fast reactors by coordination and collaboration between national programmes. b) the execution of an own programme in the Joint Research Centre at Ispra (Italy) and Karlsruhe (Federal Republic of Germany) in the field of FBR safety and research on Pu-bearing fuel

  11. Fast breeder reactor reference system classification for the ENEA data bank

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    This report contains the Reference System Classification (RSC) of fast breeder reactors: it provides a functional system breakdown of the reactor. For each system the following important characteristics are reported: the main function, the mode of operation, its location in the reactor, the main interface system, its main components and the component working environment (fluid and/or atmosphere type). The RSC represent a basic step in organizing the ENEA data bank for the registration and processing of reliability data on typical fast reactor components; it provides a functional component breakdown and represent a plant-unique identification in the process of omogenization of event-data coming from different reactors. In this report it was tried to take into account different generations of nuclear power plants, different plant layouts and solutions: in particular loop and pool reactors are separately treated

  12. Fast pyrolysis in a novel wire-mesh reactor: decomposition of pine wood and model compounds

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    Hoekstra, E.; Swaaij, van W.P.M.; Kersten, S.R.A.; Hogendoorn, J.A.

    2012-01-01

    In fast pyrolysis, biomass decomposition processes are followed by vapor phase reactions. Experimental results were obtained in a unique wire-mesh reactor using pine wood, KCl impregnated pine wood and several model compounds (cellulose, xylan, lignin, levoglucosan, glucose). The wire-mesh reactor w

  13. Fourteenth annual meeting of the International Working Group on Fast Reactors. Summary report. Part II

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    This report includes description of the state-of-the art in the field of fast reactor technology, research and development, in France, Belgium, India, Italy, USSR, USA, UK, Switzerland, and European Union. The emphasis in the majority of the reports is on the FBR safety issues, sodium cooling system, fuel elements development, reactor materials testing, risk assessment

  14. Count-to-count time interval distribution analysis in a fast reactor

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    The most important kinetic parameters have been measured at the zero power fast reactor CORAL-I by means of the reactor noise analysis in the time domain, using measurements of the count-to-count time intervals. (Author) 69 refs

  15. Closed Fuel Cycle and Minor Actinide Multirecycling in a Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor

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    Van Rooijen, W.F.G.; Kloosterman, J.L.

    2009-01-01

    The Generation IV International Forum has identified the Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor (GCFR) as one of the reactor concepts for future deployment. The GCFR targets sustainability, which is achieved by the use of a closed nuclear fuel cycle where only fission products are discharged to a repository; all H

  16. On the development of fast breeder reactors and the use of thorium in Brazil

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    This work presents a discussion on the possibility of construction of fast breeder reactors in Brazil. It is specially concerned with the use of thorium which is abundant in our country. The main advantages of this projects are: develop fuel and reactor technology in Brazil, increase thorium research, demonstrate the safety of LMFBR and promote its public acceptance. (A.C.A.S.)

  17. Design and layout decision for refueling system of advanced fast neutron reactors

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    Describes fast neutron reactor refueling features, BN-1200 power unit general data, its refueling system design concepts, individual refueling equipment purpose and designs, and required experimental studies to create it. Refueling equipment characteristics for BN-800 and BN-1200 reactors are compared. (author)

  18. Fabrication of fuel and recycling of minor actinides in fast reactors

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    Somers, Joseph

    2010-01-01

    Fuels for future fast reactors will not only produce energy, but they must also actively contribute to the minimisation of long lived wastes produced by these, and other reactor systems. The fuels must incorporate minor actinides (MA = Np, Am, Cm) for neutron transmutation into short lived isotopes. Within Europe oxide fuels are favoured. Transmutation can be considered in homogeneous or heterogeneous reactor recycle modes (i.e. in fuels or targets, respectively). Fabrication of such fuels...

  19. Comparison of multigroup and few-group calculations of fast power reactor parameters

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    The basic parameters of a fast breeder reactor in two-dimensional cylindrical geometry and in multi- and few-group diffusion approximation were calculated and compared. Two different types of reactor were considered, viz., homogeneous and heterogeneous. The results can serve as a quantitative aid for the choice of the proper number of groups for the calculations of various reactor parameters with required accuracy. (author)

  20. Actinide recycle potential in the IFR [Integral Fast Reactor

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    Rising concern about the greenhouse effect reinforces the need to reexamine the question of a next-generation reactor concept that can contribute significantly toward substitution for fossil-based energy generation. Even with only the nuclear capacity on-line today, world-wide reasonably assured uranium resources would last for only about 50 years. If nuclear is to make a significant contribution, breeding is a fundamental requirement. Uranium resources can then be extended by two orders of magnitude, making nuclear essentially a renewable energy source. The key technical elements of the IFR concept are metallic fuel and fuel cycle technology based on pyroprocessing. Pyroprocessing is radically different from the conventional PUREX reprocessing developed for the LWR oxide fuel. Chemical feasibility of pyroprocessing has been demonstrated. The next major step in the IFR development program will be the full-scale pyroprocessing demonstration to be carried out in conjunction with EBR-II. IFR fuel cycle closure based on pyroprocessing can also have a dramatic impact on the waste management options, and in particular on the actinide recycling. 6 figs

  1. Selection of sodium coolant for fast reactors in the US, France and Japan

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    Sakamoto, Yoshihiko, E-mail: sakamoto.yoshihiko@jaea.go.jp [Advanced Nuclear System Research and Development Directorate, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 4002 Narita-cho, Oarai-machi, Ibaraki-ken 311-1393 (Japan); Garnier, Jean-Claude; Rouault, Jacques [CEA, DEN, DER, Centre de Cadarache, 13108 Saint Paul Lez Durance Cedex (France); Grandy, Christopher; Fanning, Thomas; Hill, Robert [Nuclear Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Chikazawa, Yoshitaka; Kotake, Shoji [Advanced Nuclear System Research and Development Directorate, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 4002 Narita-cho, Oarai-machi, Ibaraki-ken 311-1393 (Japan)

    2013-01-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Trilateral study was conducted on coolant selection of fast reactor concept. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fast reactor concepts are vital for nuclear fuel cycle sustainability goals. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Sodium, gas and lead cooled fast reactors are capable to achieve the goals. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Sodium cooled fast reactor is the most matured technology. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Gas and lead cooled fast reactor require long term development. - Abstract: The joint paper presents a common view of fast reactor specific missions in the development of nuclear energy and a cross-analysis of merits and demerits of several Fast Reactors concepts studied worldwide and especially in the Generation-IV International Forum (GIF) framework. The paper provides the context for fast reactors development in the United States, France and Japan and focuses on the comparison on Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (SFR), Gas-cooled Fast Reactor (GFR), and Lead-cooled Fast Reactor (LFR), i.e. the three fast reactor concepts that have the potential to meet the nuclear fuel cycle sustainability goals. The information provided in the article permits the reader to understand each country's objectives to see that not only the objectives searched for but also the technical orientations are converging. The authors underline that SFR technology evaluation relies significantly on the substantial base technology development programs within each country which is without comparison for the other two fast reactor technologies, e.g., SFR technology has already been developed to commercial or near commercial scale in each country whereas the performance of LFR and GFR technology is still uncertain. The main GFR merits are the potential for high temperatures and the easier possibilities for inspections and repairs. The main challenges are the fuel (fabrication, in-pile behavior), materials for high temperatures, and the implementation of

  2. Modeling and Validation of Sodium Plugging for Heat Exchangers in Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor Systems

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    Ferroni, Paolo [Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, Cranberry Township, PA (United States). Global Technology Development; Tatli, Emre [Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, Cranberry Township, PA (United States); Czerniak, Luke [Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, Cranberry Township, PA (United States); Sienicki, James J. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Chien, Hual-Te [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Yoichi, Momozaki [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Bakhtiari, Sasan [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)

    2016-06-29

    The project “Modeling and Validation of Sodium Plugging for Heat Exchangers in Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor Systems” was conducted jointly by Westinghouse Electric Company (Westinghouse) and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), over the period October 1, 2013- March 31, 2016. The project’s motivation was the need to provide designers of Sodium Fast Reactors (SFRs) with a validated, state-of-the-art computational tool for the prediction of sodium oxide (Na2O) deposition in small-diameter sodium heat exchanger (HX) channels, such as those in the diffusion bonded HXs proposed for SFRs coupled with a supercritical CO2 (sCO2) Brayton cycle power conversion system. In SFRs, Na2O deposition can potentially occur following accidental air ingress in the intermediate heat transport system (IHTS) sodium and simultaneous failure of the IHTS sodium cold trap. In this scenario, oxygen can travel through the IHTS loop and reach the coldest regions, represented by the cold end of the sodium channels of the HXs, where Na2O precipitation may initiate and continue. In addition to deteriorating HX heat transfer and pressure drop performance, Na2O deposition can lead to channel plugging especially when the size of the sodium channels is small, which is the case for diffusion bonded HXs whose sodium channel hydraulic diameter is generally below 5 mm. Sodium oxide melts at a high temperature well above the sodium melting temperature such that removal of a solid plug such as through dissolution by pure sodium could take a lengthy time. The Sodium Plugging Phenomena Loop (SPPL) was developed at ANL, prior to this project, for investigating Na2O deposition phenomena within sodium channels that are prototypical of the diffusion bonded HX channels envisioned for SFR-sCO2 systems. In this project, a Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) model capable of simulating the thermal-hydraulics of the SPPL test

  3. Technical meeting on 'Operational and decommissioning experience with fast reactors'. Working material

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    For three decades, several countries had large and vigorous fast breeder reactor development programs. In most cases, fast reactor development programs were at their peaks by 1980. Fast test reactors [Rapsodie (France), KNK-II (Germany), FBTR (India), JOYO (Japan), DFR (UK), BR-10, BOR-60 (Russia), EBR-II, Fermi, FFTF (U.S.A.)] were operating in several countries, with commercial size prototype reactors [Phenix, Superphenix (France), SNR-300 (Germany), MONJU (Japan), PFR (UK), BN-350 (Kazakhstan), BN-600 (Russia)] just under construction or coming on line. From that time onward, fast reactor development in general began to decline. By 1994 in the USA, the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR) had been cancelled, and the two fast reactor test facilities, FFTF and EBR-II had been shutdown - with EBR-II permanently, and FFTF in a standby condition. Thus, effort essentially disappeared for fast breeder reactor development. Similarly, programs in other nations were terminated or substantially reduced. In France, Superphenix was shut down at the end of 1998; SNR-300 in Germany was completed but not taken into operation, and KNK-II was permanently shut down in 1991 after 17 years of operation, and is scheduled to be dismantled by 2004; in the UK, PFR was shut down in 1994; BN-350 in Kazakhstan was shut down in 1998. It is difficult to argue that fast breeder reactors will be built in the near term when no commercial market exists and there is a plentiful supply of cheap uranium. Nevertheless, it is reasonable to assume that, were nuclear energy to remain an option as part of the long-term world energy supply mix, meeting the sustainability requirements vis-a-vis natural resources and long-lived radioactive waste management will require deploying systems involving several reactor types and fuel cycles operating in symbiosis. Apart from cost effectiveness, simplification, and safety considerations, a basic requirement to these reactor types and fuel cycles will be flexibility

  4. Status of liquid metal fast reactor development. Proceedings of the 27. meeting of the International Working Group on Fast Reactors held in Vienna, 17-19 May 1994

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    These proceedings contain updated and new information on the status of fast reactor development and on activities in the field of advanced nuclear power technology during 1993, as reported at the 27th meeting of the IWGFR held in Vienna, from 17 to 19 May 1994. Refs, figs and tabs

  5. Burnup concept for a long-life fast reactor core using MCNPX.

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    Holschuh, Thomas Vernon,; Lewis, Tom Goslee,; Parma, Edward J.,

    2013-02-01

    This report describes a reactor design with a burnup concept for a long-life fast reactor core that was evaluated using Monte Carlo N-Particle eXtended (MCNPX). The current trend in advanced reactor design is the concept of a small modular reactor (SMR). However, very few of the SMR designs attempt to substantially increase the lifetime of a reactor core, especially without zone loading, fuel reshuffling, or other artificial mechanisms in the core that %E2%80%9Cflatten%E2%80%9D the power profile, including non-uniform cooling, non-uniform moderation, or strategic poison placement. Historically, the limitations of computing capabilities have prevented acceptable margins in the temporal component of the spatial excess reactivity in a reactor design, due primarily to the error in burnup calculations. This research was performed as an initial scoping analysis into the concept of a long-life fast reactor. It can be shown that a long-life fast reactor concept can be modeled using MCNPX to predict burnup and neutronics behavior. The inherent characteristic of this conceptual design is to minimize the change in reactivity over the lifetime of the reactor. This allows the reactor to operate substantially longer at full power than traditional Light Water Reactors (LWRs) or other SMR designs. For the purpose of this study, a single core design was investigated: a relatively small reactor core, yielding a medium amount of power (~200 to 400 MWth). The results of this scoping analysis were successful in providing a preliminary reactor design involving metal U-235/U-238 fuel with HT-9 fuel cladding and sodium coolant at a 20% volume fraction.

  6. Composite nuclear fuel fabrication methodology for gas fast reactors

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    Vasudevamurthy, Gokul

    An advanced fuel form for use in Gas Fast Reactors (GFR) was investigated. Criteria for the fuel includes operation at high temperature (˜1400°C) and high burnup (˜150 MWD/MTHM) with effective retention of fission products even during transient temperatures exceeding 1600°C. The GFR fuel is expected to contain up to 20% transuranics for a closed fuel cycle. Earlier evaluations of reference fuels for the GFR have included ceramic-ceramic (cercer) dispersion type composite fuels of mixed carbide or nitride microspheres coated with SiC in a SiC matrix. Studies have indicated that ZrC is a potential replacement for SiC on account of its higher melting point, increased fission product corrosion resistance and better chemical stability. The present work investigated natural uranium carbide microspheres in a ZrC matrix instead of SiC. Known issues of minor actinide volatility during traditional fabrication procedures necessitated the investigation of still high temperature but more rapid fabrication techniques to minimize these anticipated losses. In this regard, fabrication of ZrC matrix by combustion synthesis from zirconium and graphite powders was studied. Criteria were established to obtain sufficient matrix density with UC microsphere volume fractions up to 30%. Tests involving production of microspheres by spark erosion method (similar to electrodischarge machining) showed the inability of the method to produce UC microspheres in the desired range of 300 to 1200 mum. A rotating electrode device was developed using a minimum current of 80A and rotating at speeds up to 1500 rpm to fabricate microspheres between 355 and 1200 mum. Using the ZrC process knowledge, UC electrodes were fabricated and studied for use in the rotating electrode device to produce UC microspheres. Fabrication of the cercer composite form was studied using microsphere volume fractions of 10%, 20%, and 30%. The macrostructure of the composite and individual components at various stages were

  7. Technical Meeting on Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycle Facilities with Improved Economic Characteristics. Working Material

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    In recent years, engineering oriented work, rather than basic research and development (R&D), has led to significant progress in improving the economics of innovative fast reactors and associated fuel cycle facilities, while maintaining and even enhancing the safety features of these systems. Optimization of plant size and layout, more compact designs, reduction of the amount of plant materials and the building volumes, higher operating temperatures to attain higher generating efficiencies, improvement of load factor, extended core lifetimes, high fuel burnup, etc. are good examples of achievements to date that have improved the economics of fast neutron systems. The IAEA, through its Technical Working Group on Fast Reactors (TWG-FR) and Technical Working Group on Nuclear Fuel Cycle Options and Spent Fuel Management (TWG-NFCO), devotes many of its initiatives to encouraging technical cooperation and promoting common research and technology development projects among Member States with fast reactor and advanced fuel cycle development programmes, with the general aim of catalysing and accelerating technology advances in these fields. In particular the theme of fast reactor deployment, scenarios and economics has been largely debated during the recent IAEA International Conference on Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycles: Safe Technologies and Sustainable Scenarios, held in Paris in March 2013. Several papers presented at this conference discussed the economics of fast reactors from different national and regional perspectives, including business cases, investment scenarios, funding mechanisms and design options that offer significant capital and energy production cost reductions. This Technical Meeting on Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycle Facilities with Improved Economic Characteristics addresses Member States’ expressed need for information exchange in the field, with the aim of identifying the main open issues and launching possible initiatives to help and

  8. Role of small lead-cooled fast reactors for international deployment in worldwide sustainable nuclear energy supply

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    , there is a need for small and medium size fast reactors in non-fuel cycle states operating in a converter mode as well as large sodium-cooled fast breeders in fuel cycle states. Desired attributes for exportable small fast reactors include: proliferation resistance features such as restricted access to fuel; long core life further restricting access by reducing or eliminating the need for refueling; restricted potential to be misused in a breeding mode; fuel form that is unattractive in the safeguards sense; and a conversion ratio of unity to self-generate as much fissile material as is consumed. Desired attributes for exportable small reactor deployments in developing nations and remote sites also include: a small power level to match the smaller demand of towns or sites that are off-grid or on immature local grids; low enough cost to be economically competitive with alternative energy sources available to developing nation customers (e.g. diesel generators in remote locations); readily transported and assembled from transportable modules; simple to operate and highly reliable reducing plant operating staff requirements; as well as high reliability and passive safety reducing the number of accident initiators and need for safety systems as well as reducing the size of the exclusion and emergency planning zones. The Lead-Cooled Fast Reactor (LFR) has the desired attributes. An example of a small exportable LFR concept is the 20 MWe (45 MWt) Small Secure Transportable Autonomous Reactor (SSTAR) incorporating proliferation resistance, fissile selfsufficiency, autonomous load following, a high degree of passive safety, and supercritical carbon dioxide Brayton cycle energy conversion for high plant efficiency and improved economic competitiveness.

  9. Proliferation resistant fuel cycle system for the transition from light water reactors to fast reactors

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    Full text: Introduction of commercial fast reactors (FR) is predicted to start around 2050 in Japan. Effective utilization of plutonium in FR is important for the sustainable electricity generation by nuclear. Successive replacement of light water reactors (LWR) to FR will take more than 60-years and reasonable fuel cycle management is necessary during this period. The transition scenario has various unpredictable factors such as introduction speed and time of FR, and flexible fuel cycle system was proposed to respond to these factors. The system consists of LWR and FR spent fuels reprocessing for reduction of LWR spent fuel volume and FR fuel fabrication. LWR fuel reprocessing only carries out about 90% uranium removal from LWR spent fuel, then the composition of residual spent fuel called recycle material is about 50% uranium, 15% plutonium and 35% fission products + minor actinides. Recycle material is transferred to FR fuel reprocessing to recover plutonium and uranium followed by mixed oxide (MOX) fuel fabrication for FR with radioactive impurities. Depending on the introduction time of FR, recycle material (about 1/10 volume of original spent fuel) may be stored for future use. The system has some characteristics compared with ordinary system that consists of full reprocessing facilities for LWR and FR spent fuels to produce FR fresh fuels. The LWR reprocessing facility becomes much smaller due to no Pu-U recovery and fabrication. The recycle materials can supply higher content of plutonium to FR and be compactly stored in case of FR introduction delay. Plutonium always contains uranium and impurities (fission products and minor actinides), thus the system maintains high proliferation resistance. The plutonium balance was calculated under several conditions, which revealed that the system could supply enough and no excess plutonium to FR

  10. Antenna design for fast ion collective Thomson scattering diagnostic for the international thermonuclear experimental reactor

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    Leipold, Frank; Furtula, Vedran; Salewski, Mirko;

    2009-01-01

    Fast ion physics will play an important role for the international thermonuclear experimental reactor (ITER), where confined alpha particles will affect and be affected by plasma dynamics and thereby have impacts on the overall confinement. A fast ion collective Thomson scattering (CTS) diagnostic...

  11. Fast breeder reactors insertion in a D2O - natural U nuclear power plants park

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    A model for the evolution of Argentine's installed nuclear power for the next 40 years is presented. The consequences of fast breeder reactors' introduction are studied in both autarchic Pu cycle and a limited reprocessing system. The passage of a reactor park like the national, of natural U - heavy water to one of fast breeder reactors, can only be obtained in a very long term due, fundamentally, to the need of Pu produced for those to feed the last ones. (M.E.L.)

  12. Experimental possibilities and fast neutron dose map of the fast neutron fields at the RB reactor facility

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    The RB is an unshielded, zero power nuclear facility with natural and enriched uranium fuel (2% and 80%) and D2O as moderator. It is possible to create different configurations of non-reflected and partially reflected critical systems and to make experiments in the fields of thermal neutrons. The fields of fast neutrons with 'softened' fission spectrum are made by modifying the system: modified experimental fuel channel EFC, coupled fast-thermal system in two configurations CFTS-1 and CFTS-2, coupled fast-thermal core HERBE. The intermediate and fast neutron absorbed doses in fast neutron fields are given. In first configuration of RB reactor it was almost impossible to perform dosimetric and other experiments. By creating these fields, with in our circumstances available fuel elements, the possibilities for different experiments are greatly improved. Now we can irradiate food samples, soil samples, electronic devices, study material properties, perform various dosimetry experiments, etc. (1 tab.)

  13. Emergency cooling down of fast-neutron reactors by natural convection (a review)

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    Zhukov, A. V.; Sorokin, A. P.; Kuzina, Yu. A.

    2013-05-01

    Various methods for emergency cooling down of fast-neutron reactors by natural convection are discussed. The effectiveness of using natural convection for these purposes is demonstrated. The operating principles of different passive decay heat removal systems intended for cooling down a reactor are explained. Experimental investigations carried out in Russia for substantiating the removal of heat in cooling down fast-neutron reactors are described. These investigations include experimental works on studying thermal hydraulics in small-scale simulation facilities containing the characteristic components of a reactor (reactor core elements, above-core structure, immersed and intermediate heat exchangers, pumps, etc.). It is pointed out that a system that uses leaks of coolant between fuel assemblies holds promise for fast-neutron reactor cooldown purposes. Foreign investigations on this problem area are considered with making special emphasis on the RAMONA and NEPTUN water models. A conclusion is drawn about the possibility of using natural convection as the main method for passively removing heat in cooling down fast-neutron reactors, which is confirmed experimentally both in Russia and abroad.

  14. On the Criticality Safety of Transuranic Sodium Fast Reactor Fuel Transport Casks

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    Samuel Bays; Ayodeji Alajo

    2010-05-01

    This work addresses the neutronic performance and criticality safety issues of transport casks for fuel pertaining to low conversion ratio sodium cooled fast reactors, conventionally known as Advanced Burner Reactors. The criticality of a one, three, seven and 19-assembly cask capacity is presented. Both dry “helium” and flooded “water” filled casks are considered. No credit for fuel burnup or fission products was assumed. As many as possible of the conservatisms used in licensing light water reactor universal transport casks were incorporated into this SFR cask criticality design and analysis. It was found that at 7-assemblies or more, adding moderator to the SFR cask increases criticality margin. Also, removal of MAs from the fuel increases criticality margin of dry casks and takes a slight amount of margin away for wet casks. Assuming credit for borated fuel tube liners, this design analysis suggests that as many as 19 assemblies can be loaded in a cask if limited purely by criticality safety. If no credit for boron is assumed, the cask could possibly hold seven assemblies if low conversion ratio fast reactor grade fuel and not breeder reactor grade fuel is assumed. The analysis showed that there is a need for new cask designs for fast reactors spent fuel transportation. There is a potential of modifying existing transportation cask design as the starting point for fast reactor spent fuel transportation.

  15. Status of Phenix operation and of sodium fast reactors in the world

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    Guidez, J.; Martin, L. [Phenix plant, 30 - Bagnols sur Ceze (France); Courtois, C. [CEA Marcoule 30 (France)

    2007-07-01

    The French fast breeder reactor (FBR) Phenix restarted in 2003 after 6 years of safety reevaluation procedures. The goal of the experiments performed at Phenix is, first, to demonstrate the technical feasibility of transmutation of minor actinides and long-life products in a fast reactor and secondly, to acquire knowledge on structure materials for future energy systems and on innovative nuclear fuel concepts. After several years of Generation IV discussions, many countries have announced or confirmed their priority for the fast sodium reactor as a reference design. These countries today include Japan, China, Korea, India and Russia (simultaneously with lead reactors). The United States have announced a project for a waste-burning reactor. In France, within the scope of the law of 28 June 2006, the country has announced and confirmed the decision of building a prototype scheduled for operation in 2020. These declarations are all sustained in a very practical manner by ongoing events in this field. Following the excellent results obtained by the BN-600 (600 MWe), Russia has re-launched the BN-800 project. China is currently in the process of building a 75 MWt research reactor, scheduled for divergence in 2009. In Japan, work is underway on MONJU (250 MWe) for divergence in 2008. In India, a 1200 MWt power reactor is under construction, scheduled for divergence in 2010, the first of 3 planned sodium reactors.

  16. Development of a three dimension multi-physics code for molten salt fast reactor

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    Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) was selected as one of the six innovative nuclear reactors by the Generation IV International Forum (GIF). The circulating-fuel in the can-type molten salt fast reactor makes the neutronics and thermo-hydraulics of the reactor strongly coupled and different from that of traditional solid-fuel reactors. In the present paper: a new coupling model is presented that physically describes the inherent relations between the neutron flux, the delayed neutron precursor, the heat transfer and the turbulent flow. Based on the model, integrating nuclear data processing, CAD modeling, structured and unstructured mesh technology, data analysis and visualization application, a three dimension steady state simulation code system (MSR3DS) for the can-type molten salt fast reactor is developed and validated. In order to demonstrate the ability of the code, the three dimension distributions of the velocity, the neutron flux, the delayed neutron precursor and the temperature were obtained for the simplified MOlten Salt Advanced Reactor Transmuter (MOSART) using this code. The results indicate that the MSR3DS code can provide a feasible description of multi-physical coupling phenomena in can-type molten salt fast reactor. Furthermore, the code can well predict the flow effect of fuel salt and the transport effect of the turbulent diffusion. (authors)

  17. Research and development studies carried out for the seismic verification of the Italian PEC Fast Reactor

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    This paper presents the main features and results of the numerical and experimental studies that were carried out by ENEA, in co-operation with ANSALDO and ISMES for the seismic verification of the Italian PEC Fast Reactor. More precisely, the paper focuses on the wide-ranging research and development programme that was performed on the reactor building, the reactor-block, the main vessel, the core and the shutdown system. The needs of these detailed studies are stressed and the general validity of the analyses in the framework of research and development activities for nuclear reactors are pointed out. The adopted design criteria and methods are presented in a separate paper, together with the effects of seismic conditions on PEC design, and comparisons with the other fast reactors of the European Community countries. (author)

  18. Inherent safety of advanced nuclear engineering based on BN-800 - type fast reactors

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    Considerations based on the prolonged experience of fast reactor operations exhibiting outlook application of reactors on a basis of BN-800 with sodium coolant are given. Reliability and safety of the block are supported by the probability analysis of safety in the content of engineering project. Conversion on the reactor core with nitride fuel will significantly raise a possibility to conform to safety and nonproliferation of fission materials needs. The suggested optimum variant for reactor core on a basis of nitride fuel is advanced

  19. Exploding the myths about the fast breeder reactor

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    Burns, S.

    1979-01-01

    This paper discusses the facts and figures about the effects of conservation policies, the benefits of the Clinch River Breeder Reactor demonstration plant, the feasibility of nuclear weapons manufacture from reactor-grade plutonium, diversion of plutonium from nuclear plants, radioactive waste disposal, and the toxicity of plutonium. The paper concludes that the U.S. is not proceeding with a high confidence strategy for breeder development because of a variety of false assumptions.

  20. Analysis of sodium-cooled fast reactor operations world-wide and consequences for future reactor design and operation

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    In 2007, the sodium-cooled fast reactors which are currently operating or have operated throughout the world will have accumulated collective experience of 379 years of operation for 18 different reactors. This paper summarizes the various incidents and problems which have impacted these reactors' operations, ranks them by function and lists the solutions which were brought. This paper solely looks at the operating problems which occurred in the 'sodium' part of the fast reactors. Problems encountered in the classic water/steam part are not described herein review is made for all these reactors on: The water/sodium reactions occurred in the steam generators; -The technical difficulties on the primary components (pumps and exchangers) and the repair operations; -The incidents in handling operations; - The spurious leaks or transfers of sodium and their consequences; - The intakes of air or impurities; -The experience from fuel and clad failures; - The neutronic operations and control; -The material behaviour problems (as 321 or SPX1 drum); - The difficulties due to sodium aerosols. And all the specific difficulties due to sodium related technological problems. This paper also describes how the experience gained has been taken into account in the safe operation of these plants and also in the design of future reactors. n conclusion it appears that a significant experience has been accumulated that allow today good availability for the remaining operating plants and also good design possibilities for the future. (author)

  1. Fast reactor parameter optimization taking into account changes in fuel charge type during reactor operation time

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    The formulation and solution of optimization problem for parameters determining the layout of the central part of sodium cooled power reactor taking into account possible changes in fuel charge type during reactor operation time are performed. The losses under change of fuel composition type for two reactor modifications providing for minimum doubling time for oxide and carbide fuels respectively, are estimated

  2. Impact of safety design considerations on fast reactor operations

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    With careful choice of design features, large pool type LMFBR's can combine highly reliable engineered safeguards with favorable inherent characteristics. This paper discusses a number of areas where safety design considerations can influence reactor operation and reactor load factor. Despite efforts to reduce capital costs of LMFBRs, it is likely that there will be a significant capital cost penalty relative to thermal reactors for the foreseeable future, and thus achieving a high load factor is of major importance in achieving acceptable generation costs. Reactor load factor is affected by shut-down time required for fuel handling, maintenance, in-service inspection and shut-downs due to unavailability of safety related systems required to provide a given degree of reliability. The paper considers the influence on reactor operation of the requirement to demonstrate continuing structural integrity and adequate reliability of decay heat removal, flexibility of refuelling and timing of removal of failed fuel, and the influence of containment on access to the plant

  3. Study on core radius minimization for long life Pb-Bi cooled CANDLE burnup scheme based fast reactor

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    Afifah, Maryam; Miura, Ryosuke; Su'ud, Zaki; Takaki, Naoyuki; Sekimoto, H.

    2015-09-01

    Fast Breeder Reactor had been interested to be developed over the world because it inexhaustible source energy, one of those is CANDLE reactor which is have strategy in burn-up scheme, need not control roads for control burn-up, have a constant core characteristics during energy production and don't need fuel shuffling. The calculation was made by basic reactor analysis which use Sodium coolant geometry core parameter as a reference core to study on minimum core reactor radius of CANDLE for long life Pb-Bi cooled, also want to perform pure coolant effect comparison between LBE and sodium in a same geometry design. The result show that the minimum core radius of Lead Bismuth cooled CANDLE is 100 cm and 500 MWth thermal output. Lead-Bismuth coolant for CANDLE reactor enable to reduce much reactor size and have a better void coefficient than Sodium cooled as the most coolant for FBR, then we will have a good point in safety analysis.

  4. Study on core radius minimization for long life Pb-Bi cooled CANDLE burnup scheme based fast reactor

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    Afifah, Maryam, E-mail: maryam.afifah210692@gmail.com; Su’ud, Zaki [Nuclear Research Group, FMIPA, Bandung Institute of Technology Jl. Ganesha 10, Bandung 40132 (Indonesia); Miura, Ryosuke; Takaki, Naoyuki [Department of Nuclear Safety Engineering, Tokyo City University 1-28-1 Tamazutsumi, Setagaya, Tokyo 158-8557 (Japan); Sekimoto, H. [Emerritus Prof. of Research Laboratory for Nuclear Reactors, Tokyo Inst. of Technology (Japan)

    2015-09-30

    Fast Breeder Reactor had been interested to be developed over the world because it inexhaustible source energy, one of those is CANDLE reactor which is have strategy in burn-up scheme, need not control roads for control burn-up, have a constant core characteristics during energy production and don’t need fuel shuffling. The calculation was made by basic reactor analysis which use Sodium coolant geometry core parameter as a reference core to study on minimum core reactor radius of CANDLE for long life Pb-Bi cooled, also want to perform pure coolant effect comparison between LBE and sodium in a same geometry design. The result show that the minimum core radius of Lead Bismuth cooled CANDLE is 100 cm and 500 MWth thermal output. Lead-Bismuth coolant for CANDLE reactor enable to reduce much reactor size and have a better void coefficient than Sodium cooled as the most coolant for FBR, then we will have a good point in safety analysis.

  5. Development of electronic information search and documentation system to preserve knowledge about fast reactors

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    The necessity to preserve the knowledge gained in the process of fast reactors development and operation is quite obvious. For this purpose it is necessary to set up electronic libraries and suitable search systems. All the documents that contain certain information about the objects from the given field of knowledge can be referred to as sources of knowledge, i.e. they are articles, preprints, papers, clarification notes, reports, catalogs and other sources. These sources of knowledge can be found in various places, institutions, archives, etc. Usually they are kept in libraries. These sources can have different forms, e.g. electronic, printed, photo, microfiche, etc. The information about these sources of knowledge is placed in catalogs that make the process of searching for required documents much easier. Catalogs usually have a subject heading identifier, index of authors, index of topics, key words and summaries. In a certain sense, catalogs can be also considered as sources of knowledge. There are a lot of various sources of knowledge and experience in the nuclear industry under the subject of 'Fast Reactors'. All of them are in different states in terms of convenience of their use and even possibility to use this knowledge and experience once again. In the best case these sources are in the form of electronic documents that contain not only the information about certain knowledge and experience but this very knowledge and experience in the digitized electronic form. These types of catalogs are the most suitable and simple for their use. There are libraries where knowledge and experience are only kept as nondigitized images of documents. It is not so convenient to work with this information but still it is quite real to get it. If a catalogs only contains information about knowledge and experience but neither is available in electronic form, then in order to get the access to this information it will be necessary either to digitize it or to get its non

  6. Status of the design concepts for a high fluence fast pulse reactor (HFFPR)

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    Philbin, J.S.; Nelson, W.E.; Rosenstroch, B.

    1978-10-01

    The report describes progress that has been made on the design of a High Fluence Fast Pulse Reactor (HFFPR) through the end of calendar year 1977. The purpose of this study is to present design concepts for a test reactor capable of accommodating large scale reactor safety tests. These concepts for reactor safety tests are adaptations of reactor concepts developed earlier for DOE/OMA for the conduct of weapon effects tests. The preferred driver core uses fuel similar to that developed for Sandia's ACPR upgrade. It is a BeO/UO/sub 2/ fuel that is gas cooled and has a high volumetric heat capacity. The present version of the design can drive large (217) pin bundles of prototypically enriched mixed oxide fuel well beyond the fuel's boiling point. Applicability to specific reactor safety accident scenarios and subsequent design improvements will be presented in future reports on this subject.

  7. A revaluation of helium/dpa ratios for fast reactor and thermal reactor data in fission-fusion correlations

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    Garner, F.A.; Greenwood, L.R. [Pacific Northwest National Lab., Richland, WA (United States); Oliver, B.M.

    1996-10-01

    For many years it has been accepted that significant differences exist in the helium/dpa ratios produced in fast reactors and various proposed fusion energy devices. In general, the differences arise from the much larger rate of (n,{alpha}) threshold reactions occurring in fusion devices, reactions which occur for energies {ge} 6 MeV. It now appears, however, that for nickel-containing alloys in fast reactors the difference may not have been as large as was originally anticipated. In stainless steels that have a very long incubation period for swelling, for instance, the average helium concentration over the duration of the transient regime have been demonstrated in an earlier paper to be much larger in the FFTF out-of-core regions than first calculated. The helium/dpa ratios in some experiments conducted near the core edge or just outside of the FFTF core actually increase strongly throughout the irradiation, as {sup 59}Ni slowly forms by transmutation of {sup 58}Ni. This highly exothermic {sup 59}Ni(n,{alpha}) reaction occurs in all fast reactors, but is stronger in the softer spectra of oxide-fueled cores such as FFTF and weaker in the harder spectra of metal-fueled cores such as EBR-II. The formation of {sup 59}Ni also increases strongly in out-of-core unfueled regions where the reactor spectra softens with distance from the core.

  8. Progress on reactor system technology in the FaCT project toward the commercialization of fast reactor cycle system

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    Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) is now carrying out the 'Fast Reactor Cycle Technology Development (FaCT)' project toward the commercialization of fast reactor (FR) cycle system. The design targets including 'Safety and Reliability', 'Sustainability', 'Economic Competitiveness' and 'Nuclear Non-proliferation' have been established as the principle of specifications for FR cycle technology at the deployment stage around 2050, to contribute to the global needs which the 21st century has encountered more than ever before, such as the environmental protection and the remarkable increase of energy demand foreseen especially in developing countries. In accordance with those design targets, the design study and the related research and development (R and D) on innovative technologies for Japan Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (JSFR) have been in progress aiming at the completion of the conceptual design stage by 2015. The demonstration reactor is planned to operate around 2025. An interim report is ready for issue in June 2009. The report will show the design specifications considered to be feasible at present to meet the requirements for the commercialization and the R and D results to support the feasibility, as well as the investigation on optional measures to take for some of the innovative technologies which may have several high technical hurdles to be realized. (author)

  9. In situ tests on the PEC fast reactor building

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    This paper describes forced excitation tests carried out at the PEC reactor building, to determine seismic motion amplifications produced in the building itself. Experimental results are used to gauge numerical methodologies capable of assessing the margins existing in the design analysis. (orig./HP)

  10. The development of fast neutron reactors in France

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    The French strategy is based on a coherent and carefully defined development program launched in 1950, each new stage of which is decided upon after the results of the preceding stage are analyzed. Rapsodie, the forst experimental reactor began operating in 1967 after more than 10 years of full scale test of its components. The in-pile fuel and component behaviour experience gained was put to immediate use for the design and out-of-pile tests of components for Phenix. Phenix is a prototype power generating demonstration reactor which has been operating since 1974. Rapsodie was developed for rigorous and statistical test of fuel behaviour. Super Phenix, the 1200 MWe reactor of the Creys Malville plant was ordered in 1977 and benefited from the 3 years operating experience gained with Phenix and the 10 years of operating experience acquired with Rapsodie. In 1986, after only one year of experience with Super Phenix, it is expected that all the parties involved in the financial and technical aspects of Super Phenix will be in the position to suggest the next stage in the development of large commercial plants to the government. The next reactor in the series, Super Phenix 2, is currently being studied

  11. Void effect analysis of Pb-208 of fast reactors with modified CANDLE burn-up scheme

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    Widiawati, Nina, E-mail: nina-widiawati28@yahoo.com; Su’ud, Zaki, E-mail: szaki@fi.itb.ac.id [Nuclear Physics and Biophysics Research Group, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science, Bandung Institute of Technology Jalan Ganesha 10, Bandung (Indonesia)

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    Void effect analysis of Pb-208 as coolant of fast reactors with modified candle burn-up scheme has been conducted. Lead cooled fast reactor (LFR) is one of the fourth-generation reactor designs. The reactor is designed with a thermal power output of 500 MWt. Modified CANDLE burn-up scheme allows the reactor to have long life operation by supplying only natural uranium as fuel cycle input. This scheme introducing discrete region, the fuel is initially put in region 1, after one cycle of 10 years of burn up it is shifted to region 2 and region 1 is filled by fresh natural uranium fuel. The reactor is designed for 100 years with 10 regions arranged axially. The results of neutronic calculation showed that the void coefficients ranged from −0.6695443 % at BOC to −0.5273626 % at EOC for 500 MWt reactor. The void coefficients of Pb-208 more negative than Pb-nat. The results showed that the reactors with Pb-208 coolant have better level of safety than Pb-nat.

  12. Void effect analysis of Pb-208 of fast reactors with modified CANDLE burn-up scheme

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    Widiawati, Nina; Su'ud, Zaki

    2015-09-01

    Void effect analysis of Pb-208 as coolant of fast reactors with modified candle burn-up scheme has been conducted. Lead cooled fast reactor (LFR) is one of the fourth-generation reactor designs. The reactor is designed with a thermal power output of 500 MWt. Modified CANDLE burn-up scheme allows the reactor to have long life operation by supplying only natural uranium as fuel cycle input. This scheme introducing discrete region, the fuel is initially put in region 1, after one cycle of 10 years of burn up it is shifted to region 2 and region 1 is filled by fresh natural uranium fuel. The reactor is designed for 100 years with 10 regions arranged axially. The results of neutronic calculation showed that the void coefficients ranged from -0.6695443 % at BOC to -0.5273626 % at EOC for 500 MWt reactor. The void coefficients of Pb-208 more negative than Pb-nat. The results showed that the reactors with Pb-208 coolant have better level of safety than Pb-nat.

  13. Simple analysis of an External Vessel Cooling Thermosyphon for a Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor

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    KALIMER has three different DHR systems: two non-safety grade systems and one safety grade system. The non-safety grade systems are an IRACS (Intermediate Reactor Auxiliary Cooling System) and a steam/feedwater system. The safety grade system is a PDRC (Passive Decay Heat Removal Circuit). In case of the foreign reactor designs, ABTR (Advanced Burner Test Reactor) has a DRACS (Direct Reactor Auxiliary Cooling System), a PFBR (Indian Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor) has an SGDHRS (Safety Grade Decay Heat Removal System), and an EFR (European Fast Reactor) has DRC (Direct Reactor Cooling). Those designs have advantage on relatively high decay heat removal capacity. However, larger vessel size due to subsidiary in-vessel structure and possible accident propagation to reactor induced by sodium fire. In this paper, an ex-vessel thermosyphon design was proposed for the removal of decay heat for an iSFR. The proposed ex-vessel thermosyphon was designed to remove decay heat in both transient cases and BDBA cases, such as vessel failure. Proper working fluid was selected based on thermodynamic properties and chemical stability. Mercury was chosen as the working fluid, and SUS 314 was used for the corresponding structure material. Possible chemical reactions and adverse effects from using the thermosyphon were inherently eliminated by the system layout. A model for a high-temperature thermosyphon and numerical algorithms were used for the analysis. As a result of the simulation, the thermosyphon design was optimized, and it showed sufficient DHR performance to maintain core integrity

  14. Thermal-hydraulics of internally heated molten salts and application to the Molten Salt Fast Reactor

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    Fiorina, Carlo; Cammi, Antonio; Luzzi, Lelio; Mikityuk, Konstantin; Ninokata, Hisashi; Ricotti, Marco E.

    2014-04-01

    The Molten Salt Reactors (MSR) are an innovative kind of nuclear reactors and are presently considered in the framework of the Generation IV International Forum (GIF-IV) for their promising performances in terms of low resource utilization, waste minimization and enhanced safety. A unique feature of MSRs is that molten fluoride salts play the distinctive role of both fuel (heat source) and coolant. The presence of an internal heat generation perturbs the temperature field and consequences are to be expected on the heat transfer characteristics of the molten salts. In this paper, the problem of heat transfer for internally heated fluids in a straight circular channel is first faced on a theoretical ground. The effect of internal heat generation is demonstrated to be described by a corrective factor applied to traditional correlations for the Nusselt number. It is shown that the corrective factor can be fully characterized by making explicit the dependency on Reynolds and Prandtl numbers. On this basis, a preliminary correlation is proposed for the case of molten fluoride salts by interpolating the results provided by an analytic approach previously developed at the Politecnico di Milano. The experimental facility and the related measuring procedure for testing the proposed correlation are then presented. Finally, the developed correlation is used to carry out a parametric investigation on the effect of internal heat generation on the main out-of-core components of the Molten Salt Fast Reactor (MSFR), the reference circulating-fuel MSR design in the GIF-IV. The volumetric power determines higher temperatures at the channel wall, but the effect is significant only in case of large diameters and/or low velocities.

  15. Neutron source structure for nuclear reactors

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    Purpose: To improve the compatibility between metal beryllium forming a neutron source and a metal cladding material at a high temperature. Constitution: An intermediate layer made of silicon or silicone-beryllium alloy is put between metal beryllium forming a neutron source and a metal cladding material containing the metal beryllium in a tightly sealed manner. By the disposition of the intermediate layer, the compatibility between the metal beryllium and the metal cladding material is improved, by which the neutron source can be operated satisfactorily over a long time use at a high temperature of 500 - 7000C. (Moriyama, K.)

  16. Evaluation of fluid effects on the dynamic response of a fast reactor core

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    The results of dynamic experiments on shaking tables, carried out in water (simulating sodium) on both single and coupled core element prototypes and core simplified mock-up configurations of the Italian PEC fast reactor test facility, with excitation gradually increasing up to above Safe Shutdown Earthquake, have been analysed by use of the one-dimensional computer program CORALIE and the two-dimensional program CLASH. The study confirmed the conservative nature of the PEC core design calculations, provided the natural frequency and damping values to be used in the calculations for the Final Safety Report, and allowed the fluid-structure interaction model to be assessed for the PEC core seismic analysis. It also contributed to the validation of the above-mentioned computer codes for their general use for the fast reactor core analysis as well as to a better understanding of fluid-structure interaction problems concerning the fast reactor core

  17. IAEA note on multi-national fuel cycle centres as related to fast breeder reactors

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    The significant aspects of associating fast breeder reactor fuel cycles with the concept of regional fuel cycle centres, as studied earlier by the IAEA, are identified. The results of the RFCC Study Project are presented, and how in particular non-proliferation and safeguards, radioactive waste management and economic considerations would be effected by inclusion of fast breeder reactor fuel cycle facilities and possibly fast breeder reactors as well in such centres, are discussed. The current effort of the IAEA to develop a computer programme which models the material flows in the nuclear fuel cycle which could be applied to the analysis of alternative siting strategies for FBR and its fuel cycle facilities is discussed

  18. Modeling the behavior of metallic fast reactor fuels during extended transients

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    Kramer, J. M.; Liu, Y. Y.; Billone, M. C.; Tsai, H. C.

    1993-09-01

    Passive safety features in metal-fueled reactors utilizing the Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) fuel system make it possible to avoid core damage for extended time periods even when automatic scram systems fail to operate or heat removal systems are severely degraded. The time scale for these transients are intermediate between those that have traditionally been analyzed in fast reactor safety assessments and those of normal operation. Consequently, it has been necessary to validate models and computer codes (FPIN2 and LIFE-METAL) for application to this intermediate time regime. Results from out-of-reactor Whole Pin Furnace tests are being used for this purpose. Pretest predictions for tests FM-1 through FM-6 have been performed and calculations have been compared with the experimental measurements.

  19. Plans for the development of the IFR [Integral Fast Reactor] fuel cycle

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    The Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) is a concept for a self-contained facility in which several sodium-cooled fast reactors of moderate size are located at the same site along with complete fuel-recycle and waste-treatment facilities. After the initial core loading with enriched uranium or plutonium, only natural or depleted uranium is shipped to the plant, and only wastes in final disposal forms are shipped out. The reactors have driver and blanket fuels of uranium-plutonium-zirconium alloys in stainless steel cladding. The use of metal alloy fuels is central to the IFR concept, contributing to the inherent safety of the reactor, the ease of reprocessing, and the relatively low capital and operating costs. Discharged fuels are recovered in a pyrochemical process that consists of two basic steps: an electrolytic process to separate fission products from actinides, and halide slagging to separate plutonium from uranium

  20. The European Lead Fast Reactor Strategy and the Roadmap for the Demonstrator ALFRED

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    The development of the technology for a new reactor must follow a chain of gradual and progressive steps to reach maturity. This paper presents the strategy for the development of a nuclear fast reactor with closed fuel cycle and based on lead coolant technology for economical electricity production: the European Lead Fast Reactor (ELFR). This reactor has the potential to multiply by two orders of magnitude the energy output from a given amount of uranium while improving the safety of the plant and the management of high level radioactive waste (HLRW) through the transmutation of minor actinides. The roadmap of ELFR is based on the progressive up-scaling from a zero power facility to the commercial deployment of the first-of-a kind plant. The intermediate steps are a Technological Pilot Plant (MYRRHA), a Demonstrator (ALFRED) and a Prototype (PROLFR). The roadmap of the demonstrator ALFRED is also presented. (author)

  1. Effects of Nuclear Energy on Sustainable Development and Energy Security: Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor Case

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    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available We propose a stepwise method of selecting appropriate indicators to measure effects of a specific nuclear energy option on sustainable development and energy security, and also to compare an energy option with another. Focusing on the sodium-cooled fast reactor, one of the highlighted Generation IV reactors, we measure and compare its effects with the standard pressurized water reactor-based nuclear power, and then with coal power. Collecting 36 indicators, five experts select seven key indicators to meet data availability, nuclear energy relevancy, comparability among energy options, and fit with Korean energy policy objectives. The results show that sodium-cooled fast reactors is a better alternative than existing nuclear power as well as coal electricity generation across social, economic and environmental dimensions. Our method makes comparison between energy alternatives easier, thereby clarifying consequences of different energy policy decisions.

  2. Thermal hydraulics of sodium-cooled fast reactors - key issues and highlights

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    In this paper key issues and highlighted topics in thermal hydraulics are discussed in connection to the current Japan's sodium-cooled fast reactor development efforts. In particular, design study and related researches of the Japan Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (JSFR) are focused. Several innovative technologies, e.g., compact reactor vessel, two-loop system, fully natural circulation decay heat removal, and recriticality free core, have been investigated in order to reduce construction cost and to achieve higher level of reactor safety. Preliminary evaluations of innovative technologies to be applied to JSFR are on-going. Here, progress of design study is introduced. Then, research and development activities on the thermal hydraulics related to the innovative technologies are briefly reviewed. (author)

  3. Status of National Programmes on Fast Breeder Reactors. International Working Group on Fast Reactors, Twentieth Annual Meeting, Vienna, 24-27 March 1987

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    The Agenda of the meeting was as follows: 1. Approval of the Agenda. 2. Approval of the minutes of the 19th meeting of the IWGFR. 3. Report of the Scientific Secretary regarding the WD activities of the Working Group. 4. Presentations and discussions on national programmes on fast breeder reactors. 5. Consideration of conferences on fast breeder reactors. a. ANS-ENS International Conference on Fast Breeder Systems Experience Gained and Path to Economical Power Generation, Richland, Washington, USA, 13-17 September 1987. b. International Conference on Liquid Metal Engineering and Technology, Avignon, France, 17-20 October 1988. c. Other meetings of interest to IWGFR members. 6. Consideration of major recommendations of some of the WD IWGFR Specialists' Meetings. 7. Consideration of arrangements for Specialists' Meetings in 1987. a. Specialists' Meeting on Fission and Corrosion Products Behaviour in Primary Circuits of LMFBRs, Karlsruhe, Fed. Rep. of Germany, May 1987. b. Specialists' Meeting on LMFBR Reactor Block Antiseismic Design and Verification, Bologna, Italy, October 1987. 8. Selection of topics for Specialists' Meetings to be held in 1988 and suggestions of the IWGFR on other Specialists' Meetings and their justifications. 9. Consideration of joint research activities: a. Coordinated Research Programme on a Comparative Assessment of Processing Techniques for Analysis of Sodium Boiling Noise Detection Data. b. Coordinated Research Programme on Intercomparison of LMFBR Core Mechanics Codes. c. New Topics of CRP. d. Other Activities. 10. Updating of ''LMFBR Plant Parameters''. 11. Informal discussion on ''Safety Criteria for Fast Reactors in IWGFR Countries''. 12. The date and place of the 21th Annual Meeting of the IWGFR

  4. Design, Manufacturing and Irradiation Behaviour of Fast Reactor Fuel. Proceedings of a Technical Meeting

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    Fast reactors are vital for ensuring the sustainability of nuclear energy in the long term. They offer vastly more efficient use of uranium resources and the ability to burn actinides, which are otherwise the long-lived component of high level nuclear waste. These reactors require development, qualification, testing and deployment of improved and innovative nuclear fuel and structural materials having very high radiation resistance, corrosion/erosion and other key operational properties. Several IAEA Member States have made efforts to advance the design and manufacture of technologies of fast reactor fuels, as well as to investigate their irradiation behaviour. Due to the acute shortage of fast neutron testing and post-irradiation examination facilities and the insufficient understanding of high dose radiation effects, there is a need for international exchange of knowledge and experience, generation of currently missing basic data, identification of relevant mechanisms of materials degradation and development of appropriate models. Considering the important role of nuclear fuels in fast reactor operation, the IAEA Technical Working Group on Fuel Performance and Technology (TWGFPT) proposed a Technical Meeting (TM) on 'Design, Manufacturing and Irradiation Behaviour of Fast Reactors Fuels', which was hosted by the Institute of Physics and Power Engineering (IPPE) in Obninsk, Russian Federation, from 30 May to 3 June 2011. The TM included a technical visit to the fuel production plant MSZ in Elektrostal. The purpose of the meeting was to provide a forum to share knowledge, practical experience and information on the improvement and innovation of fuels for fast reactors through scientific presentations and brainstorming discussions. The meeting brought together 34 specialists from national nuclear agencies, R and D and design institutes, fuel vendors and utilities from 10 countries. The presentations were structured into four sections: R and D Programmes on FR Fuel

  5. Tagging fast neutrons from an (241)Am/(9)Be source.

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    Scherzinger, J; Annand, J R M; Davatz, G; Fissum, K G; Gendotti, U; Hall-Wilton, R; Håkansson, E; Jebali, R; Kanaki, K; Lundin, M; Nilsson, B; Rosborge, A; Svensson, H

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    Shielding, coincidence, and time-of-flight measurement techniques are employed to tag fast neutrons emitted from an (241)Am/(9)Be source resulting in a continuous polychromatic energy-tagged beam of neutrons with energies up to 7MeV. The measured energy structure of the beam agrees qualitatively with both previous measurements and theoretical calculations. PMID:25644080

  6. Fast Tunable Wavelength Sources Based on the Laser Diode Array

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    Sung-Chan; Cho; Hyun; Ha; Hong; Byoung-Whi; Kim

    2003-01-01

    We report a demonstration of a fast wavelength tunable source (TWS) based on the laser diode array coupled to the arrayed waveguide grating (AWG) multiplexer. The switching and optical characteristics of TWS make it a candidate for implementing the wavelength-division space switch fabric for an optical packet/burst switching.

  7. Under-sodium viewing technology for improvement of fast-reactor safeguards

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    The current safeguards approach for fast reactors relies exclusively on maintenance of continuity of knowledge to track the movement of fuel assemblies through these facilities. The remote handling of fuel assemblies, the visual opacity of the liquid metal coolant. and the chemical reactivity of sodium all combine and result in significant limitations on the available options to verify fuel assembly identification numbers or the integrity of these assemblies. These limitations also serve to frustrate attempts to restore the continuity-of-knowledge in instances where the information is under a variety of scenarios. The technology of ultrasonic under-sodium viewing offers new options to the safeguards community for recovering continuity-of-knowledge and applying more traditional item accountancy to fast reactor facilities. We have performed a literature review to investigate the development of under-sodium viewing technologies. In this paper we will summarize our findings and report the state of development of this technology and we will present possible applications to the fast reactor system to improve the existing safeguards approach at these reactors and in future fast reactors.

  8. Operational experience and upgrading program of the experimental fast reactor JOYO

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    Twenty years of successful operations at the experimental fast reactor JOYO provide a wealth of experience covering core management, chemical analysis of sodium and cover gas for impurity control, natural convection tests, upgrade of fuel failure detection system, corrosion product measurement, development of operation and maintenance support system, and replacement of major components in the cooling systems. Some of the data obtained is stored in a database to preserve the related knowledge. This experience and accumulated data will be useful for the design of future fast reactors. (author)

  9. Possibilities to optimize sodium cooled fast reactors with respect to Actinide burning

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    The optimization of fast reactor cores with respect to the destruction of Minor Actinides starts from the question, whether the neutron spectrum can be hardened by changing the core geometry, core size or fuel type. Spectrum hardening would increase the destruction (fission) of actinides compared to their further production due to capture processes. Reference point of this study is the European Fast Reactor EFR. It is shown that a flat core geometry with metal fuel would offer an optimum and that small power units, i. e. smaller cores are most favourable

  10. Neutron Age Determination in Fast Reactor Materials using the Group Method

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    Kabanova Marina F.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The article deals with the methods of identifying fast neutron age in sodium (Na and uranium-238 (238U; describes the model of advanced and effective fast neutron nuclear reactors (FN, where Na is a coolant while 238U is involved in the fuel cycle in large quantities; justifies the choice of the group method for calculating the neutron age value in the substances mentioned above that can show the accuracy of the used constants for Na and estimate various versions of multilevel description of neutron moderation in 238U – the most powerful resonance absorber of the neutron reactor active zone.

  11. Strengthening the R and D on fast reactor technology, and promoting its industrialization

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    Based on the strategic thoughts of energy development in China expounded by Jiang Zemin in the article entitled 'Reflections on Energy Issues in China', the author points out in this paper that R and Ds on fast reactor technology shall be carried out timely in China by taking full advantage of international scientific resources, and overall planning in this regard shall be made as well. The point of view of strengthening fast reactor technology R and D and promoting its industrialization is also put forward in the paper. (authors)

  12. Creep-fatigue damage rules for advanced fast reactor design. Proceedings of a technical committee meeting

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    The IAEA, following the recommendations of the International Working Group on Fast Reactors, convened a Technical Committee Meeting on Creep-Fatigue Damage Rules to be used in Fast Reactor Design. The objective of the meeting was to review developments in design rules for creep-fatigue conditions and to identify any areas in which further work would be desirable. The meeting was hosted by AEA Technology, Risley, and held in Manchester, United Kingdom, 11-13 June 1996. It was attended by experts from the European Commission, France, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom. Refs, figs, tabs

  13. Fast-quench reactor for hydrogen and elemental carbon production from natural gas and other hydrocarbons

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    Detering, Brent A.; Kong, Peter C.

    2006-08-29

    A fast-quench reactor for production of diatomic hydrogen and unsaturated carbons is provided. During the fast quench in the downstream diverging section of the nozzle, such as in a free expansion chamber, the unsaturated hydrocarbons are further decomposed by reheating the reactor gases. More diatomic hydrogen is produced, along with elemental carbon. Other gas may be added at different stages in the process to form a desired end product and prevent back reactions. The product is a substantially clean-burning hydrogen fuel that leaves no greenhouse gas emissions, and elemental carbon that may be used in powder form as a commodity for several processes.

  14. Application of COREMELT-3D code at analysis of severe fast reactor accidents

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    The code COREMELT for calculations of initial and transition stages of severe accident is considered. It is used to conduct connected calculations of nonstationary neutronic and thermohydraulic processes in sodium fast reactor core. The code has some versions depending on dimensions of solving problem and consists of thermohydraulic module COREMELT and neutronic module RADAR. Using the code COREMELT-3D connected calculations of core disassembly accidents of ULOF and UTOP type have been conducted for sodium fast reactors safety analysis. The main problem of code COREMELT-3D use is duration of calculation, speeding of the code is possible when calculating algorithms are parallelized

  15. On an optimized neutron shielding for an advanced molten salt fast reactor design

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    The molten salt reactor technology has gained renewed interest. In contrast to the historic molten salt reactors, the current projects are based on designing a molten salt fast reactor. Thus the shielding becomes significantly more challenging than in historic concepts. One very interesting and innovative result of the most recent EURATOM project on molten salt reactors – EVOL – is the fluid flow optimized design of the inner core vessel using curved blanket walls. The developed structure leads to a very uniform flow distribution. The design avoids all core internal structures. On the basis of this new geometry a model for neutron physics calculation is presented and applied for a shielding optimization. Based on these results an optimized shielding strategy is developed for the molten salt fast reactor to keep the fluence in the safety related outer vessel below expected limit values. A lifetime of 80 years can be assured, but the size of the core/blanket system has to be significantly increased and will finally be comparable to a sodium cooled fast reactor. The HELIOS results are verified against Monte-Carlo calculations with very satisfactory agreement for a deep penetration problem. (author)

  16. Example Work Domain Analysis for a Reference Sodium Fast Reactor

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    Hugo, Jacques [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Oxstrand, Johanna [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2015-01-01

    The nuclear industry is currently designing and building a new generation of reactors that will include different structural, functional, and environmental aspects, all of which are likely to have a significant impact on the way these plants are operated. In order to meet economic and safety objectives, these new reactors will all use advanced technologies to some extent, including new materials and advanced digital instrumentation and control systems. New technologies will affect not only operational strategies, but will also require a new approach to how functions are allocated to humans or machines to ensure optimal performance. Uncertainty about the effect of large scale changes in plant design will remain until sound technical bases are developed for new operational concepts and strategies. Up-to-date models and guidance are required for the development of operational concepts for complex socio-technical systems. This report describes how the classical Work Domain Analysis method was adapted to develop operational concept frameworks for new plants. This adaptation of the method is better able to deal with the uncertainty and incomplete information typical of first-of-a-kind designs. Practical examples are provided of the systematic application of the method in the operational analysis of sodium-cooled reactors. Insights from this application and its utility are reviewed and arguments for the formal adoption of Work Domain Analysis as a value-added part of the Systems Engineering process are presented.

  17. Neutronic/Thermal-hydraulic Coupling Technigues for Sodium Cooled Fast Reactor Simulations

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    The objective of this project was to test new coupling algorithms and enable efficient and scalable multi-physics simulations of advanced nuclear reactors, with considerations regarding the implementation of such algorithms in massively parallel environments. Numerical tests were carried out to verify the proposed approach and the examples included some reactor transients. The project was directly related to the Sodium Fast Reactor program element of the Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems Initiative and the Advanced Fuel cycle Initiative, and, supported the requirement of high-fidelity simulation as a mean of achieving the goals of the presidential Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) vision.

  18. Commercial U.S. Vendors Focus on Reducing the Cost of Fast Reactors

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    A US commercial perspective: • Focus on economic benefits of fast reactors (Market Determined): • Compact design, high energy density (modularity); • High temperature output; • Improved energy conversion efficiency; • Process heat application market; • Inherent safety capabilities. • Focus on burn or “breed and burn”; • Helps avoid some non-proliferation challenges. • Focus on reactor alone, not on a re-processing plant; • Reactor is the first place for economic payback; • Happy to burn reprocessed fuel if available

  19. Status of IVO-FR2-Vg7 experiment for irradiation of fast reactor fuel rods

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    Report on the Seminar celebrated in Madrid between KfK (Karlsruhe) and JEN (Madrid) concerning a Joint Irradiation Program of Fast Reactor Fuel Rods. The design of fuel rods in general is defined, and, in particular of those with a density 94% DT and diameter 7.6 mm up to a burn-up of 7% FIMA, to be irradiated in the FR2 Reactor (Karlsruhe). Together with the design of NaK and single-wall capsules used in this irradiation, other possibilities of irradiation in the reactor will also be described. (auth.)

  20. Neutronic/Thermalhydraulic Coupling Technigues for Sodium Cooled Fast Reactor Simulations

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    Jean Ragusa; Andrew Siegel; Jean-Michel Ruggieri

    2010-09-28

    The objective of this project was to test new coupling algorithms and enable efficient and scalable multi-physics simulations of advanced nuclear reactors, with considerations regarding the implementation of such algorithms in massively parallel environments. Numerical tests were carried out to verify the proposed approach and the examples included some reactor transients. The project was directly related to the Sodium Fast Reactor program element of the Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems Initiative and the Advanced Fuel cycle Initiative, and, supported the requirement of high-fidelity simulation as a mean of achieving the goals of the presidential Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) vision.

  1. Safety and core design of large liquid-metal cooled fast breeder reactors

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    In light of the scientific evidence for changes in the climate caused by greenhouse-gas emissions from human activities, the world is in ever more desperate need of new, inexhaustible, safe and clean primary energy sources. A viable solution to this problem is the widespread adoption of nuclear breeder reactor technology. Innovative breeder reactor concepts using liquid-metal coolants such as sodium or lead will be able to utilize the waste produced by the current light water reactor fuel cyc...

  2. INR TRIGA Research Reactors: A Neutron Source for Radioisotopes and Materials Investigation

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    At the INR there are 2 high intensity neutron sources. These sources are in fact the two nuclear TRIGA reactors: TRIGA SSR 14 MW and TRIGA ACPR. TRIGA stationary reactor is provided with several in-core irradiation channels. Other several out-of-core irradiation channels are located in the vertical channels in the beryllium reflector blocks. The maximum value of the thermal neutron flux (E14 cm-2s-1 and of fast neutron flux (E>1 MeV) is 6.89×1013 cm-2s-1. For neutron activation analysis both reactors are used and k0-NAA method has been implemented. At INR Pitesti a prompt gamma ray neutron activation analysis devices has been designed, manufactured ant put into operation. For nuclear materials properties investigation neutron radiography methods was developed in INR. For these purposes two neutron radiography devices were manufacture, one of them underwater and other one dry. The neutron beams are used for investigation of materials properties and components produced or under development for applications in the energy sector (fission and fusion). At TRIGA 14 MW reactor a neutron difractormeter and a SANS devices are available for material residual stress and texture measurements. TRIGA 14 MW reactor is used for medical and industrial radioisotopes production (131I, 125I, 192Ir, etc) and a method for 99Mo-99Tc production from fission is under developing. At INR Pitesti several special programmes for new types of nuclear fuel behavior characterization are under development. (author)

  3. BREST-OD-300 Reactor as a prototype of the future commercial lead cooled fast reactor of natural safety

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    Orlov, V.V.; Smirnov, V.S.; Filin, A.I.; Glazov, A.G. [N.A. Dollezhal Institute ' NIKIET' , PO Box 788, Moscow, 101000 (Russian Federation)

    2006-07-01

    This paper briefly describes the physical and design features of a demonstration 300 MWe fast reactor with uranium-plutonium nitride fuel and lead coolant, BREST-OD-300, under development in Russia. This reactor is regarded as a prototype of future commercial reactors, which may form a foundation for large-scale growth of nuclear power in this new century. It is demonstrated that the natural properties of the lead coolant and nitride fuel combined with the physical and design features specific to fast reactors ensure natural safety of BREST and, with any credible initiating events, allow deterministic exclusion of accidents with large radioactive releases requiring evacuation of local residents. The paper identifies the ways and means of attaining natural safety, which rule out prompt criticality excursion, loss of cooling and fuel failure through use of a small reactivity margin, commensurable with {beta}{sub eff}, low pressure in the circuit, large margins to temperature limits, high natural circulation, passive decay heat removal by air unlimited in time, high heat accumulating capability of lead-filled circuit, stabilizing temperature and coolant flow rate feedbacks, etc. (authors)

  4. Teaching sodium fast reactor technology and operation for the present and future generations of SFR users

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    This paper provides a description of the education and training activities related to sodium fast reactors, carried out respectively in the French Sodium and Liquid Metal School (ESML) created in 1975 and located in France (at the CEA Cadarache Research Centre), in the Fast Reactor Operation and Safety School (FROSS) created in 2005 at the Phenix plant, and in the Institut National des Sciences et Techniques Nucleaires (INSTN). It presents their recent developments and the current collaborations throughout the world with some other nuclear organizations and industrial companies. Owing to these three entities, CEA provides education and training sessions for students, researchers, and operators involved in the operation or development of sodium fast reactors and related experimental facilities. The sum of courses provided by CEA through its sodium school, FROSS, and INSTN organizations is a unique valuable amount of knowledge on sodium fast reactor design, technology, safety and operation experience, decommissioning aspects and practical exercises. It is provided for the national demand and, since the last ten years, it is extensively opened to foreign countries. Over more than 35 years, the ESML, FROSS, and INSTN have demonstrated their flexibility in adapting their courses to the changing demand in the sodium fast reactor field, operation of PHENIX and SUPERPHENIX plants, and decommissioning and dismantling operations. The results of this ambitious and constant strategy are first sharing of knowledge obtained from experimental studies carried out in research laboratories and operational feedback from reactors, secondly standardized information on safety, and finally the creation of a 'sodium community' that debates, shares the knowledge, and suggests new tracks for a better definition of design and operating rules. (author)

  5. A review of fast reactor program in Japan (April 2001 - March 2002)

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    This report describes the research and development activities on fast reactors in Japan thru April 2001 to March 2002. In December 2001, the Cabinet decided the Plan for Reorganization of Government-funded Corporations including the merger of JNC and the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI). A law to set up a new entity is supposed to be submitted to the National Diet by the Japanese Fiscal Year (JFY) 2004. In the Experimental Fast Reactor Joyo, thirty-five duty cycle operations and thirteen special tests with the MK-II core were completed by June 2000 without any fuel pin failures or serious plant trouble. The reactor is currently being upgraded to the MK-III core. Though a fire broke out in the maintenance building of Joyo in October 2001, the Mk-III construction work was restarted in February 2002. In the Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor Monju, countermeasures against sodium leakage have already been drawn up based on Monju comprehensive safety review. The safety licensing examination for the plant modification of Monju is undergoing. As for the Feasibility Study on Commercialized Fast Reactor Cycle Systems, JFY2001 was the first year of its second phase. A three-year period from JFY2001 to 2003 is the initial term of this phase. During this term, research activities are being focused on the design of the candidate concepts and fundamental tests of key technologies. An interim summary of these activities will be checked and reviewed, and based on the results; the research for JFY 2004 to 2005 will be conducted in order to narrow down the number of alternatives for the fast reactor cycle. (author)

  6. Status of fast breeder reactor development in India

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    The energy scenario and economic conditions in India are presented. India needs considerable energy for its rapid industrialisation with the liberal economic policy. Nuclear energy with FBR is the only large scale energy resource other than coal, available in the country. The present economic constraints have delayed the construction of new NPPs. The performance of operating reactors has improved considerably during the year. Operating experience of FBTR has been detailed particularly the reactivity incident and its investigations. Updated design of 500 MWe PFBR is presented. Various R and D works in support of FBR in the engineering, metallurgy, chemistry, reprocessing, safety etc. are detailed. (author)

  7. Seismic analysis of liquid metal fast breeder reactors

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    This report is a general survey of the recent methods to predict the seismic structural behaviour of LMFBRs. It shall put into evidence the impact of seismic analysis on the design of the different structures of the reactor. This report is addressed to specialists and institutions of governmental organizations in industrialized and developing countries responsible for the design and operation of LMFBRs. The information presented should enable specialists in the R and D institutions and industries likely to be involved, to establish the correct course of the design and operation of LMFBRs. Also, the safety aspect of seismic risk are emphasized in the report. Refs and figs

  8. The status of fast reactors programme in France in 2005

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    From an overall point of view, four events must be pointed out: The new French law on energy: After the national debate organised in 2003 on energy policies for the next 30 years to come, the French government issued a White book on Energy, which contributed to the debate and gathered many contributions from French national representative organisations. In 2005, the French government proposed a new bill, adopted by French parliament on June 3, 2005. This law identified four major ideas for the future development of energy in France: - The economising of energy for a mastery of energy consumption, - The diversification of French energy resources with three activities involved: - Keeping the nuclear option open and building an EPR reactor as an industrial prototype before launching a series. - Supporting the development of renewable energies such as solar energy, biomass (including wood and bio-fuels), hydraulics and wind energy with the objective of reaching 21% of the electricity production in 2010. - Ensuring the safety of supply in the fields of oil, gas and coal. - The development of research in the energy sector, particularly an improvement of competitiveness for renewable energies, support for the nuclear energy option, the development of future reactor technologies, the hydrogen option. - The transport and distribution of energy that contributes considerably to economic and social development. This law, governing the orientations of the new energy policy also provides for the continued support of the nuclear option in France, which is a decisive option for three of the objectives in terms of the new energy policy defined within the texts of the law, namely 1) safeguard the independence of the French national energy resources and safety in their procurement, 2) fight against the Green House Effect and 3), ensure regular and competitive prices for electricity. It is therefore of the greatest importance to keep all options open for the replacement of present

  9. Fast molten salt reactor-transmuter for closing nuclear fuel cycle on minor actinides

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    Creation fast critical molten salt reactor for burning-out minor actinides and separate long-living fission products in the closed nuclear fuel cycle is the most perspective and actual direction. The reactor on melts salts - molten salt homogeneous reactor with the circulating fuel, working as burner and transmuter long-living radioactive nuclides in closed nuclear fuel cycle, can serve as an effective ecological cordon from contamination of the nature long-living radiotoxic nuclides. High-flux fast critical molten-salt nuclear reactors in structure of the closed nuclear fuel cycle of the future nuclear power can effectively burning-out / transmute dangerous long-living radioactive nuclides, make radioisotopes, partially utilize plutonium and produce thermal and electric energy. Such reactor allows solving the problems constraining development of large-scale nuclear power, including fueling, minimization of radioactive waste and non-proliferation. Burning minor actinides in molten salt reactor is capable to facilitate work solid fuel power reactors in system NP with the closed nuclear fuel cycle and to reduce transient losses at processing and fabrications fuel pins. At substantiation MSR-transmuter/burner as solvents fuel nuclides for molten-salt reactors various salts were examined, for example: LiF - BeF2; NaF - LiF - BeF2; NaF-LiF ; NaF-ZrF4 ; LiF-NaF -KF; NaCl. RRC 'Kurchatov institute' together with other employees have developed the basic design reactor installations with molten salt reactor - burner long-living nuclides for fluoride fuel composition with the limited solubility minor actinides (MAF3 10 mol %) allows to develop in some times more effective molten salt reactor with fast neutron spectrum - burner/ transmuter of the long-living radioactive waste. In high-flux fast reactors on melts salts within a year it is possible to burn ∼300 kg minor actinides per 1 GW thermal power of reactor. The technical and economic estimation given power

  10. Commission of the European Communities: Review of fast reactor activities performed during 1991

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    The Commission of the European Community continued its fast reactor activities on the same lines as in previous years, performing harmonisation and research activities. The Fast Reactor Coordinating Committee (FRCC) pursued the exchange of information and the discussions of specific problems, e.g. the influence of LMFBR design characteristics on decommissioning. These discussions were based on the results of a study performed under the CEC Decommissioning Programme. It was concluded that decommissioning of fast reactors, in spite of some specific problems, is not more difficult than that of thermal reactors. In December 1991 the Council of Ministers approved a Reactor Safety programme which will be performed as a concerted action. The programme is mainly centred on the confinement of radioactivity under severe accidents in thermal reactors, but the inclusion of some fast reactor safety aspects could be envisaged. The FRCC has asked the Safety Working Group (SWG) discussed possible topics. So far the development of the CONTAIN code for fast reactors was found most suitable. The group had regular reports on highlights from national research and development programmes and discussed various safety aspects, e.g. the safety options applied to EFR, the safety of metal fuelled or lead cooled fast reactors. The group supported the idea launched by the IWGFR to produce a safety R and D index jointly with IAEA, if all Non-Community countries having a fast reactor programme are participating. The WAC group continued the exchange of information on code developments for severe accident analysis in national laboratories and at the EC Joint Research Centre and discussed specific modelling aspects, e.g. early transition phase phenomena. The group also performed further comparative calculations. An initiative of the IPPE Institute at Obninsk (Russia) to perform comparative calculations for hypothetical accidents with laboratories in Western Europe was supported. The activities of

  11. Fast-mixed spectrum reactor. Progress report for 1980

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    Reactor physics, fuel cycle, thermal-hydraulics and fuel cycle cost studies have been performed for this concept and are reported. The most serious drawback of previous FMSR designs, namely the level of irradiation damage to the stainless steel of the cladding and duct materials, has been greatly reduced by the new design. The peak fuel burnup level is also reduced. Work continued on earlier FMSR designs, and in particular, the centrally-moderated FMSR. Emphasis was placed on defining the first core and then the total sequence of core histories over the 30-year life of the reactor. It was found possible to define a two-year fuel cycle with limited reactivity swing over the cycle. Fuel cycle cost studies were begun. The results indicate a modest fuel cycle cost advantage for the FMSR, but the basic cost assumptions must be improved for metal fuel. Improved thermal-hydraulic analysis capabilities have greatly improved the understanding of heat transfer behavior, particularly where thter catalyst were synthesized, and seven were tested in the gas phase. In Task 3, the distributor plate foen conversion can be controlled by adjusting external variables of the coss two- fatigue stren obtained

  12. Nitrogen determination in wheat by neutron activation analysis using fast neutron flux from a thermal nuclear reactor

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    This is a study of the technique for the determination of nitrogen and other elements in wheat flour through activation analysis with fast neutrons from a thermal nuclear reactor. The study begins with an introduction about the basis of the analytical methods, the equipment used in activation analysis and a brief description of the neutrons source. In the study are included the experiments carried out in order to determine the flux form in the site of irradiation, the N-13 half life and the interference due to the sample composition. (author)

  13. Status of national programmes on fast breeder reactors. Eighteenth annual meeting, Vienna, Austria, 16-19 April 1985

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    The Eighteenth Annual Meeting on the Status of National Programmes in Member States of the IAEA on Fast Breeder Reactors had been held in April 1985. The representatives of the Member States and international organizations reported status and activities in the field of fast breeder reactors development and operation. A separate abstract was prepared for each of the 12 presentations of the meeting

  14. Fuel supply of nuclear power industry with the introduction of fast reactors

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    Muraviev, E. V.

    2014-12-01

    The results of studies conducted for the validation of the updated development strategy for nuclear power industry in Russia in the 21st century are presented. Scenarios with different options for the reprocessing of spent fuel of thermal reactors and large-scale growth of nuclear power industry based on fast reactors of inherent safety with a breeding ratio of ˜1 in a closed nuclear fuel cycle are considered. The possibility of enhanced fuel breeding in fast reactors is also taken into account in the analysis. The potential to establish a large-scale nuclear power industry that covers 100% of the increase in electric power requirements in Russia is demonstrated. This power industry may be built by the end of the century through the introduction of fast reactors (replacing thermal ones) with a gross uranium consumption of up to ˜1 million t and the termination of uranium mining even if the reprocessing of spent fuel of thermal reactors is stopped or suffers a long-term delay.

  15. Technical meeting on decommissioning of fast reactors after sodium draining. Working material

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    The objective of the technical meeting was to provide a forum for in-depth scientific and technical exchange on topics related to the decommissioning experience with fast reactors, in particular with regard to the decommissioning of components after sodium draining. Accordingly, the scope of the meeting covers the review and analyses of the experience gained from the decommissioning of both active sodium loops and sodium cooled fast reactors (e.g., KNK II, Superphenix, RAPSODIE, EBR-II, FERMI, BN-350, BR-10). It is expected that the outcome of the meeting will contribute to the Agency initiative to preserve fast reactor data and knowledge. The main focus of the technical meeting was given on the decommissioning of both active loop and reactor components (e.g., the primary vessel of a sodium-cooled reactor) that have been drained of sodium, but that still conserve some residual amounts of sodium (e.g., films covering the entire surface of the component, or particular sodium heels that cannot be drained)

  16. Overview of pool hydraulic design of Indian prototype fast breeder reactor

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    K Velusamy; P Chellapandi; S C Chetal; Baldev Raj

    2010-04-01

    Thermal hydraulics plays an important role in the design of liquid metal cooled fast breeder reactor components, where thermal loads are dominant. Detailed thermal hydraulic investigations of reactor components considering multi-physics heat transfer are essential for choosing optimum designs among the various possibilities. Pool hydraulics is multi-dimensional in nature and simple one-dimensional treatment for the same is often inadequate. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) plays a critical role in the design of pool type reactors and becomes an increasingly popular tool, thanks to the advancements in computing technology. In this paper, thermal hydraulic characteristics of a fast breeder reactor, design limits and challenging thermal hydraulic investigations carried out towards successful design of Indian Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) that is under construction, are highlighted. Special attention is paid to phenomena like thermal stratification, thermal stripping, gas entrainment, inter-wrapper flow in decay heat removal and multiphysics cellular convection. The issues in these phenomena and the design solutions to address them satisfactorily are elaborated. Experiments performed for special phenomena, which are not amenable for CFD treatment and experiments carried out for validation of the computer codes have also been described.

  17. Performance comparison of metallic, actinide burning fuel in lead-bismuth and sodium cooled fast reactors

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    Weaver, K.D.; Herring, J.S.; Macdonald, P.E. [Idaho National Engineering and Environment Lab., Advanced Nuclear Energy, Idaho (United States)

    2001-07-01

    Various methods have been proposed to ''incinerate'' or ''transmute'' the current inventory of transuranic waste (TRU) that exits in spent light-water-reactor (LWR) fuel, and weapons plutonium. These methods include both critical (e.g., fast reactors) and non-critical (e.g., accelerator transmutation) systems. The work discussed here is part of a larger effort at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to investigate the suitability of lead and lead-alloy cooled fast reactors for producing low-cost electricity as well as for actinide burning. The neutronics of non fertile fuel loaded with 20 or 30-wt% light water reactor (LWR) plutonium plus minor actinides for use in a lead-bismuth cooled fast reactor are discussed in this paper, with an emphasis on the fuel cycle life and isotopic content. Calculations show that the average actinide burn rate is similar for both the sodium and lead-bismuth cooled cases ranging from -1.02 to -1.16 g/MWd, compared to a typical LWR actinide generation rate of 0.303 g/MWd. However, when using the same parameters, the sodium-cooled case went subcritical after 0.2 to 0.8 effective full power years, and the lead-bismuth cooled case ranged from 1.5 to 4.5 effective full power years. (author)

  18. Performance Comparison of Metallic, Actinide Burning Fuel in Lead-Bismuth and Sodium Cooled Fast Reactors

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    Weaver, Kevan Dean; Herring, James Stephen; Mac Donald, Philip Elsworth

    2001-04-01

    Various methods have been proposed to “incinerate” or “transmutate” the current inventory of trans-uranic waste (TRU) that exits in spent light-water-reactor (LWR) fuel, and weapons plutonium. These methods include both critical (e.g., fast reactors) and non-critical (e.g., accelerator transmutation) systems. The work discussed here is part of a larger effort at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to investigate the suitability of lead and lead-alloy cooled fast reactors for producing low-cost electricity as well as for actinide burning. The neutronics of non-fertile fuel loaded with 20 or 30-wt% light water reactor (LWR) plutonium plus minor actinides for use in a lead-bismuth cooled fast reactor are discussed in this paper, with an emphasis on the fuel cycle life and isotopic content. Calculations show that the average actinide burn rate is similar for both the sodium and lead-bismuth cooled cases ranging from -1.02 to -1.16 g/MWd, compared to a typical LWR actinide generation rate of 0.303 g/MWd. However, when using the same parameters, the sodium-cooled case went subcritical after 0.2 to 0.8 effective full power years, and the lead-bismuth cooled case ranged from 1.5 to 4.5 effective full power years.

  19. Gas-cooled fast reactor program. Progress report, January 1, 1980-June 30, 1981

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    Since the national Gas-Cooled Fast Breeder Reactor Program has been terminated, this document is the last progress report until reinstatement. It is divided into three sections: Core Flow Test Loop, GCFR shielding and physics, and GCFR pressure vessel and closure studies

  20. Improving Nuclear Safety of Fast Reactors by Slowing Down Fission Chain Reaction

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    G. G. Kulikov

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Light materials with small atomic mass (light or heavy water, graphite, and so on are usually used as a neutron reflector and moderator. The present paper proposes using a new, heavy element as neutron moderator and reflector, namely, “radiogenic lead” with dominant content of isotope 208Pb. Radiogenic lead is a stable natural lead. This isotope is characterized by extremely low micro cross-section of radiative neutron capture (~0.23 mb for thermal neutrons, which is smaller than graphite and deuterium cross-sections. The reflector-converter for a fast reactor core is the structure capable of transforming some part of prompt neutrons leaked from the core into the reflected neutrons with properties similar to those of delayed neutrons, that is, sufficiently large contribution to reactivity at the level of effective fraction of delayed neutrons and relatively long lifetime, comparable with lifetimes of radionuclides-emitters of delayed neutrons. It is evaluated that the use of radiogenic lead makes it possible to slow down the chain fission reaction on prompt neutrons in the fast reactor. This can improve the fast reactor safety and reduce some requirements to the technologies used to fabricate fuel for the fast reactor.