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On the Flexibility of high Temperature Reactor Cores for High- and Low-Enriched Fuel

Siegfried Brandes, Günter Lohnert

Nuclear Technology

Volume 58 / Number 1 / July 1982 / Pages 23-28


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The operational flexibility of a high temperature reactor (HTR) is not restricted to either a low- or a high-enriched fuel cycle. Both fuel cycles are possible for the same core design. The fuel cycle cost is, however, penalized for low-enriched fuel; in addition, higher uranium consumption is required. Hence, an HTR is most economical to operate in the high-enriched thorium-uranium fuel cycle.

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