Some technological problems of spent fusion materials management

B.N. Kolbasov, S.A. Bartenev, V.T. Gotovchikov, M. Zuccheti, L. Di Pace, Vincent Massaut, A. Robinson, L. El-Guebaly, Ludo Vermeeren

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    Within the framework of the IEA, an international collaborative study on fusio radioactive waste has been carried out over the past several years to examine the back-end of the material cycle. This activity is important to maximise the environmental benefits of fusion as a source of energy. Fusion devices have certain characteristics that make them environmentally friendly devices. In previous studies, an integrated approach to the management of fusion materials back-end was proposed, starting from the removal of components from the power plant, to the reuse of materials through recycling and clearance, or the disposal of the low-level waste in repositories. Recycling and clearance procedures pose many technical questions. Several important technology-related issues were identified and are presented. The paper discusses these issues and considers the requirements to the materials and components permitting their clearance or recycling.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)38-53
    JournalProblems of Atomic Science and Engineering, Series Thermonuclear Fusion
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Sep 2011

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