Review of thorium fuel reprocessing experience

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The review reveals that experience in the reprocessing of irradiated thorium materials is limited. Plants that have processed thorium-based fuels were not optimized for the operations. Previous demonstrations of several viable flowsheets provide a sound technological base for the development of optimum reprocessing methods and facilities. In addition to the resource benefit by using thorium, recent nonproliferation thrusts have rejuvenated an interest in thorium reprocessing. Extensive radiation is generated as the result of /sup 232/U-contamination produced in the /sup 233/U, resulting in the remote operation and fabrication operations and increased fuel cycle costs. Development of the denatured thorium flowsheet, which ... continued below

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Brooksbank, R.E.; McDuffee, W.T. & Rainey, R.H. January 1, 1978.

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The review reveals that experience in the reprocessing of irradiated thorium materials is limited. Plants that have processed thorium-based fuels were not optimized for the operations. Previous demonstrations of several viable flowsheets provide a sound technological base for the development of optimum reprocessing methods and facilities. In addition to the resource benefit by using thorium, recent nonproliferation thrusts have rejuvenated an interest in thorium reprocessing. Extensive radiation is generated as the result of /sup 232/U-contamination produced in the /sup 233/U, resulting in the remote operation and fabrication operations and increased fuel cycle costs. Development of the denatured thorium flowsheet, which is currently of interest because of nonproliferation concerns, represents a difficult technological challenge.

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Dep. NTIS, MF A01.

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  • 84. AIChE national meeting, Atlanta, GA, USA, 24 Feb 1978

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  • Report No.: CONF-780223-3
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-26
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5080081
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1052356

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Brooksbank, R.E.; McDuffee, W.T. & Rainey, R.H. Review of thorium fuel reprocessing experience, article, January 1, 1978; Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1052356/: accessed June 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.