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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fuel designs featuring high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU), including accident tolerant fuel (ATF) designs, and on draft guidance for the environmental evaluation of ATFs containing uranium enriched up to 8 percent U-235.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.
Weston M. Stacey
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 75 | Number 4 | May 2019 | Pages 251-263
Technical Paper | doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2019.1574529
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A particle-, momentum-, and energy-conserving, flux surface–averaged fluid theory for the radial particle and energy fluxes and the radial distributions of pressure, density, rotation velocities, and temperatures in the edge plasma that has been derived from fundamental fluid conservation (particle, momentum, energy) relations is summarized. Kinetic corrections arising from ion orbit loss are incorporated into the fluid equations, which are integrated to determine the dependence of the observed edge pedestal profile structure on fueling, heating, electromagnetic, and thermodynamic forces. Solution procedures for the fluid plasma and associated neutral transport equations are discussed.