FUEL CYCLE COSTS FOR A PLUTONIUM RECYCLE SYSTEM

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The costs of the chemical and metallurgical steps in the fuel cycle for large desalination reactors are estimated. Both capital and operating costs are presented at varying plant capacities for a Zircaloy-clad fuel element containing depleted uranium and recycled plutonium as the oxides. UO/sup 2/-0.5% PuO/sub 2/. The chemical steps are reported at throughputs of 1, 10, and 30 short tons of uranium per day; and the metallurgical or fabrication step at throughputs of 1, 3, 5, and 10 tons per day, as specified by the Office of Science and Technology. The total estimated cost of all the chemical and ... continued below

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Harrington, F. E.; Arnold, E. D.; Brater, D. C.; Douglas, D. A.; Smiley, S. H.; Stockdale, W. G. et al. January 20, 1964.

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The costs of the chemical and metallurgical steps in the fuel cycle for large desalination reactors are estimated. Both capital and operating costs are presented at varying plant capacities for a Zircaloy-clad fuel element containing depleted uranium and recycled plutonium as the oxides. UO/sup 2/-0.5% PuO/sub 2/. The chemical steps are reported at throughputs of 1, 10, and 30 short tons of uranium per day; and the metallurgical or fabrication step at throughputs of 1, 3, 5, and 10 tons per day, as specified by the Office of Science and Technology. The total estimated cost of all the chemical and metallurgical steps drops from .17 to .68 per kilogram of uranium as the cycle throughput is increased from 1 to 10 tons of uranium per day. All steps decrease in cost as plant capacity is increased, with the most impressive decrease in the irradiated assembly processing step, which decreases from .19 to 10 to 07 per kilogram of uranium as throughput is changed from 1 to 10 to 30 tons of uranium per day. The contained data in conjunction with previous studies of a natural uranium fuel cycle and results of a current reactor optimization study will yield complete fuel cycle costs and plutonium value in recycle. (auth)

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  • Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-64

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  • Report No.: ORNL-3501
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-26
  • DOI: 10.2172/4101097 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 4101097
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc870789

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Harrington, F. E.; Arnold, E. D.; Brater, D. C.; Douglas, D. A.; Smiley, S. H.; Stockdale, W. G. et al. FUEL CYCLE COSTS FOR A PLUTONIUM RECYCLE SYSTEM, report, January 20, 1964; Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc870789/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.