Accelerator-driven transmutation of high-level waste from the defense and commercial sectors

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This is the final report of a three-year, Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The major goal has been to develop accelerator transmutation of waste (ATW) system designs that will thoroughly and rapidly transmute nuclear waste, including plutonium from dismantled weapons and spent reactor fuel, while generating useful electrical power and without producing a long-lived radioactive waste stream. We have identified and quantified the unique qualities of subcritical nuclear systems and their capabilities in bringing about the complete destruction of plutonium. Although the 1191 subcritical systems involved in our most effective designs radically ... continued below

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Bowman, C.; Arthur, E. & Beard, C. September 1996.

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This is the final report of a three-year, Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The major goal has been to develop accelerator transmutation of waste (ATW) system designs that will thoroughly and rapidly transmute nuclear waste, including plutonium from dismantled weapons and spent reactor fuel, while generating useful electrical power and without producing a long-lived radioactive waste stream. We have identified and quantified the unique qualities of subcritical nuclear systems and their capabilities in bringing about the complete destruction of plutonium. Although the 1191 subcritical systems involved in our most effective designs radically depart from traditional nuclear reactor concepts, they are based on extrapolations of existing technologies. Overall, care was taken to retain the highly desired features that nuclear technology has developed over the years within a conservative design envelope. We believe that the ATW systems designed in this project will enable almost complete destruction of nuclear waste (conversion to stable species) at a faster rate and without many of the safety concerns associated with the possible reactor approaches.

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INIS; OSTI as DE96014580

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  • Other: DE96014580
  • Report No.: LA-UR--96-2833
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • DOI: 10.2172/395445 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 395445
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc686867

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Bowman, C.; Arthur, E. & Beard, C. Accelerator-driven transmutation of high-level waste from the defense and commercial sectors, report, September 1996; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc686867/: accessed November 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.