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NRC moves ahead on HALEU enrichment, rulemaking, and guidance
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is requesting comments on the regulatory basis for a proposed rule for light water reactor fuel designs featuring high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU), including accident tolerant fuel (ATF) designs, and on draft guidance for the environmental evaluation of ATFs containing uranium enriched up to 8 percent U-235. Some of the HALEU feedstock for those LWR fuels and for advanced reactor fuels could be produced within the first Category II fuel facility licensed by the NRC—Centrus Energy’s American Centrifuge Plant in Piketon, Ohio. On September 21, the NRC approved the start of enrichment operations in the plant’s modest 16-machine HALEU demonstration cascade.
L. Z. Liang, J. L. Wei, S. Liu, Y. H. Xie, C. C. Jiang, W. Liu, J. J. Pan, Y. J. Xu, Z. M. Liu, Y. L. Xie, C. D. Hu, Y. Z. Zhao
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 75 | Number 2 | February 2019 | Pages 160-165
Technical Note | doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2018.1533619
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In order to meet experimental requirements on high parameter plasma research, the injected power of the counter injector is expected to increase at a fixed beam energy of 50 keV for deuterium neutral beam. Three candidate schemes are compared to assess the possibilities of raising the injected power. Considering safety and economic factors, raising the electric field in the first gap is employed by adjusting the voltage gradient on the accelerator. The experiments show that the optimum perveance is increased from 2.2 to 2.7 μP by changing of gradient grid voltage from 0.84 to 0.78 Vacc. The ion beam power is promoted by about 50% at 3.0 μP, but beam transmission efficiency decreased to 60% at 3.0 μP. Thus, the injected power is boosted about 25%.