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Nuclear Fuel Leasing, Recycling, and Proliferation: Modeling a Global View

Victor H. Reis, Matthew P. Crozat, Jor-Shan Choi, Robert Hill

Nuclear Technology

Volume 150 / Number 2 / May 2005 / Pages 121-131


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A system dynamics model was created to simulate fuel cycle interactions between two separate nuclear entities, and this model was employed to investigate fuel leasing arrangements. The model was also adapted to evaluate proliferation and economic implications of an international leasing regime. For a nuclear growth scenario, an open fuel cycle results in extensive spent-fuel accumulation. For a closed fuel cycle, the leasing fuel cycle shows potential to reduce proliferation concern, especially if coupled with improved security and safeguard technology.

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