Nuclear fuels technologies Fiscal year 1997 research and development test plan

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This document details the research and development (R&D) activities that will be conducted in fiscal year 1997 (FY97) by the Nuclear Fuels Technologies project team for the Department of Energy Office of Fissile Materials Disposition. This work is a continuation and extension of experimental activities that have been conducted in support of the disposition program with regard to using weapons-plutonium in the fabrication of mixed-oxide (MOX) nuclear fuel for reactor-based disposition. The purpose of this work is to identify and if possible, resolve, technical issues associated with applying the large experience base (existing mainly in Europe) of making MOX fuel ... continued below

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Beard, C.A.; Blair, H.T.; Buksa, J.J. & Butt, D.P. January 30, 1997.

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This document details the research and development (R&D) activities that will be conducted in fiscal year 1997 (FY97) by the Nuclear Fuels Technologies project team for the Department of Energy Office of Fissile Materials Disposition. This work is a continuation and extension of experimental activities that have been conducted in support of the disposition program with regard to using weapons-plutonium in the fabrication of mixed-oxide (MOX) nuclear fuel for reactor-based disposition. The purpose of this work is to identify and if possible, resolve, technical issues associated with applying the large experience base (existing mainly in Europe) of making MOX fuel with recycled reactor-grade plutonium to the fabrication of MOX using weapons-grade plutonium. Therefore, the projects are designed to fill one or more of three needs: (1) To provide potential fabricators a technical basis upon which to evaluate the uncertainties and technical risks associated with MOX fabrication using weapons-plutonium; (2) To provide the fabricator ultimately selected for the disposition mission with a technical basis upon which to build, thereby reducing the amount of development and time required for implementation of the MOX disposition option; and (3) To identify to DOE technical issues that it is unlikely the fabricator will address (e.g., gallium removal), and to resolve these issues or provide a clear path forward for doing so. Because of the volatile nature of the disposition program, all work described within this plan is intended to be completed this fiscal year with its culmination being one of two goals: (1) a summary of the technical results sufficient to hand over to commercial MOX fabricators for their use in planning activities; or (2) an estimate with regard to cost and schedule for follow-on activities to completely resolve the issue as well as sufficient technical supporting information in order for DOE to make well-informed decisions in this regard. 2 figs., 10 tabs.

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  • Other: DE97004737
  • Report No.: LA-UR--97-497
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • DOI: 10.2172/459889 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 459889
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc676809

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Beard, C.A.; Blair, H.T.; Buksa, J.J. & Butt, D.P. Nuclear fuels technologies Fiscal year 1997 research and development test plan, report, January 30, 1997; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc676809/: accessed October 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.