Conversion and standardization of university reactor fuels using low-enrichment uranium: Plans and schedules

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The highly-enriched uranium (HEU) fuel used in twenty United States university reactors can be viewed as contributing to the risk of theft or diversion of weapons-useable material. To minimize this risk, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued its final rule on ''Limiting the Use of Highly Enriched Uranium in Domestically Licensed Research and Test Reactors,'' in February 1986. This paper describes the plans and schedules developed by the US Department of Energy to coordinate an orderly transition from HEU to LEU fuel in most of these reactors. An important element in the planning process has been the desire to standardize ... continued below

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Young, H.H.; Brown, K.R. & Matos, J.E. January 1, 1986.

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The highly-enriched uranium (HEU) fuel used in twenty United States university reactors can be viewed as contributing to the risk of theft or diversion of weapons-useable material. To minimize this risk, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued its final rule on ''Limiting the Use of Highly Enriched Uranium in Domestically Licensed Research and Test Reactors,'' in February 1986. This paper describes the plans and schedules developed by the US Department of Energy to coordinate an orderly transition from HEU to LEU fuel in most of these reactors. An important element in the planning process has been the desire to standardize the LEU fuels used in US university reactors and to enhance the performance and utilization of a number of these reactors. The program is estimated to cost about $10 million and to last about five years.

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NTIS, PC A02/MF A01; 1.

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  • Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors (RERTR) program international meeting, Gatlinburg, TN, USA, 3 Nov 1986

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  • Other: DE87004925
  • Report No.: CONF-861185-5
  • Grant Number: W-31109-ENG-38
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 6304836
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1207816

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Young, H.H.; Brown, K.R. & Matos, J.E. Conversion and standardization of university reactor fuels using low-enrichment uranium: Plans and schedules, article, January 1, 1986; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1207816/: accessed December 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.