Potential for use of all-MOX fuel in existing and evolutionary/advanced LWRs in the United States

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This paper reviews the application of US LWRs that are loaded with all-MOX fuel to dispose of excess weapon plutonium. The information presented is based on the DOE study results summarized in the 1993 DOE report, and the detailed reports submitted by reactor designers to DOE for that report. The reactor designs are the Westinghouse (Plutonium Disposition Reactor) PDR600, the GE Advanced BWR (ABWR), and ABB-Combustion Engineering System 80+. Analysis of published information in the nuclear community is the basis for an estimate of the capabilities of existing LWRs to switch from low-enriched uranium to all-MOX fuel. It is concluded ... continued below

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Walter, C.E. December 31, 1994.

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This paper reviews the application of US LWRs that are loaded with all-MOX fuel to dispose of excess weapon plutonium. The information presented is based on the DOE study results summarized in the 1993 DOE report, and the detailed reports submitted by reactor designers to DOE for that report. The reactor designs are the Westinghouse (Plutonium Disposition Reactor) PDR600, the GE Advanced BWR (ABWR), and ABB-Combustion Engineering System 80+. Analysis of published information in the nuclear community is the basis for an estimate of the capabilities of existing LWRs to switch from low-enriched uranium to all-MOX fuel. It is concluded to be feasible, if the conversion to PuO{sub 2} can be begun immediately, and lead test assemblies containing prototypical MOX fuel be made and irradiated. Russian VVERs should also be evaluated for Pu disposition.

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  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) advanced research workshop on mixed oxide fuel (MOX) exploitation and destruction in power reactors, Obninsk (Russian Federation), 16-19 Oct 1994

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  • Other: DE95008812
  • Report No.: UCRL-ID--118743
  • Report No.: CONF-9410329--1
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 37831
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc683478

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Walter, C.E. Potential for use of all-MOX fuel in existing and evolutionary/advanced LWRs in the United States, article, December 31, 1994; California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc683478/: accessed October 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.