Technical feasibility of using uranium oxide fuels at Hanford

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The use of uranium oxide fuel and the dispensing with metallic fuel elements in the Hanford production reactors have been contemplated in the past but have not been examined in any detail. This report reviews the technical feasibility of using oxide fuel and discusses the reactor limitations and changes in plutonium and isotope production. These results are based on preliminary calculations and a research and development program would be required to establish the validity of the calculated values. The research and development program is estimated to require $3.6 million over a three-year period. Technical aspects of using oxide are discussed … continued below

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Creator: Unknown. February 15, 1965.

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  • Hanford Atomic Products Operation
    Publisher Info: General Electric Co., Richland, WA (United States). Hanford Atomic Products Operation
    Place of Publication: Richland, Washington

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The use of uranium oxide fuel and the dispensing with metallic fuel elements in the Hanford production reactors have been contemplated in the past but have not been examined in any detail. This report reviews the technical feasibility of using oxide fuel and discusses the reactor limitations and changes in plutonium and isotope production. These results are based on preliminary calculations and a research and development program would be required to establish the validity of the calculated values. The research and development program is estimated to require $3.6 million over a three-year period. Technical aspects of using oxide are discussed in general for N, K, and the smaller reactors. The variations in uranium-to-graphite weight ratio and operating conditions vary the limitations encountered with each reactor type with an oxide fuel cycle. Plutonium separation and uranium oxide recycle on site have been examined, and a technical review of the limitations and the additional process requirements are presented.

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OSTI as DE94015570; Paper copy available at OSTI: phone, 865-576-8401, or email, reports@adonis.osti.gov

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Technical feasibility of using uranium oxide fuels at Hanford, report, February 15, 1965; Richland, Washington. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1339432/: accessed January 28, 2023), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.

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