Relative neutronic performance of proposed high-density dispersion fuels in water-moderated and D{sub 2}O-reflected research reactors

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This paper provides an overview of the neutronic performance of an idealized research reactor using several high density LEU fuels that are being developed by the RERTR program. High-density LEU dispersion fuels are needed for new and existing high-performance research reactors and to extend the lifetime of fuel elements in other research reactors. This paper discusses the anticipated neutronic behavior of proposed advanced fuels containing dispersions of U{sub 3}Si{sub 2}, UN, U{sub 2}Mo and several uranium alloys with Mo, or Zr and Nb. These advanced fuels are ranked based on the results of equilibrium depletion calculations for a simplified reactor ... continued below

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Bretscher, M.M.; Matos, J.E. & Snelgrove, J.L. December 1, 1996.

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This paper provides an overview of the neutronic performance of an idealized research reactor using several high density LEU fuels that are being developed by the RERTR program. High-density LEU dispersion fuels are needed for new and existing high-performance research reactors and to extend the lifetime of fuel elements in other research reactors. This paper discusses the anticipated neutronic behavior of proposed advanced fuels containing dispersions of U{sub 3}Si{sub 2}, UN, U{sub 2}Mo and several uranium alloys with Mo, or Zr and Nb. These advanced fuels are ranked based on the results of equilibrium depletion calculations for a simplified reactor model having a small H{sub 2}O-cooled core and a D{sub 2}O reflector. Plans have been developed to fabricate and irradiate several uranium alloy dispersion fuels in order to test their stability and compatibility with the matrix material and to establish practical loading limits.

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INIS; OSTI as DE97001404

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  • 19. international meeting on reduced enrichment for research and test reactors (RERTR), Seoul (Korea, Republic of), 7-10 Oct 1996

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  • Other: DE97001404
  • Report No.: ANL/TD/CP--91566
  • Report No.: CONF-9610205--1
  • Grant Number: W-31109-ENG-38
  • DOI: 10.2172/414398 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 414398
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc679497

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Bretscher, M.M.; Matos, J.E. & Snelgrove, J.L. Relative neutronic performance of proposed high-density dispersion fuels in water-moderated and D{sub 2}O-reflected research reactors, report, December 1, 1996; Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc679497/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.