New PDF release: Advances in nuclear science and technology. / Volume 4

By Paul Greebler, Ernest J. Henley

ISBN-10: 1483199584

ISBN-13: 9781483199580

ISBN-10: 1483224619

ISBN-13: 9781483224619

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Data for the light-water reactor are shown for reference purposes by the dashed line. 3 mill/kW-hr lower than that of the lightwater reactor plant in the low ore cost ranges. This is consistent with the generally recognized fact that the plant costs of the earlier gas-cooled reactors tend to be higher than those of water reactors, but the fuel cycle costs are lower. Although the fuel cycle cost for the AGR is not significantly lower than that of the magnox reactors, at least for low ore costs, the plant cost of the AGR is considerably lower, so that the power cost is lower.

B. MELESE (1) high-temperature performance, (2) good neutron economy, (3) high burnup capability, and (4) good integrity. The importance of high-temperature operation has already been discussed. Good neutron economy is important both to maximize the conversion ratio and, in the case of low enrichment reactors, to minimize the fuel enrichment. A high burnup capability allows the cost of fuel manufacturing and reprocessing to be amortized over a relatively large energy output. Good integrity of the fuel elements is important in containing or controlling fission products and minimizing operational complications of the plant.

2. Annular fuel element (being developed) (courtesy of Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique). power has been generated with this type of element than with any other type. It does appear, however, that the possibility for further significant improvement in the performance of this type of fuel element is limited, particularly improvements allowing higher-temperature operation. B. Stainless-Steel-Clad U 0 2 Elements A natural outgrowth of the fuel element employing a natural uranium metal fuel is one using enriched uranium fuel, thus freeing the designer from the limitations imposed by natural uranium.

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