Analysis of uranium usage reduction in Generation-IV fast-spectrum reactors and possible impact on the Belgian fuel cycle

Pierre-Henri D'haene, Hamid Aït Abderrahim

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    Abstract

    This thesis analyzes the reduction in natural uranium consumption by using fast-spectrum reactors defined in the Generation IV Forum. The huge advantage of these reactors is the fact that they can rely on depleted uranium in their MOX mixture. Also, based on innovative spent fuel treatment, these reactors can be loaded with a certain fraction of minor actinides. The analysis is done by means of the DESAE scenario code. As a more to the point application, the special case of the Belgian fuel cycle is analyzed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • UCL - Université catholique de Louvain
    Supervisors/Advisors
    • Van den Eynde, Gert, Supervisor
    Place of PublicationLouvain-la-neuve, Belgium
    Publisher
    StatePublished - 20 Aug 2010

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