Three core concepts for producing uranium-233 in commercial pressurized light water reactors for possible use in water-cooled breeder reactors
Description: Selected prebreeder core concepts are described which could be backfit into a reference light water reactor similar to current commercial reactors, and produce uranium-233 for use in water-cooled breeder reactors. The prebreeder concepts were selected on the basis of minimizing fuel system development and reactor changes required to permit a backfit. The fuel assemblies for the prebreeder core concepts discussed would occupy the same space envelope as those in the reference core but contain a 19 by 19 array of fuel rods instead of the reference 17 by 17 array. An instrument well and 28 guide tubes for control rods have been allocated to each prebreeder fuel assembly in a pattern similar to that for the reference fuel assemblies. Backfit of these prebreeder concepts into the reference reactor would require changes only to the upper core support structure while providing flexibility for alternatives in the type of fuel used.
Date: December 1, 1979
Creator: Conley, G. H.; Cowell, G. K.; Detrick, C. A.; Kusenko, J.; Johnson, E. G.; Dunyak, J. et al.
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