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Advanced reactors: Now comes the hard part
Designing a reactor is complicated but building one may be harder. Even companies that have had lots of practice haven’t always done it well. And all the power reactors in service today were built by companies that had years of experience in other kinds of big steam-electric power plants. In contrast, some of the creative new designs now moving toward commercialization come from start-ups that have never built anything at all. How should they prepare?
Ralph G. Bennett, Jerry D. Christian, David A. Petti, William K. Terry, S. Blaine Grover
Nuclear Technology | Volume 126 | Number 1 | April 1999 | Pages 102-121
Technical Paper | Radioisotopes | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT99-A2961
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A system has been developed for the production of 99mTc based on distributed electron accelerators and thermal separation. The radioactive decay parent of 99mTc, 99Mo, is produced from 100Mo by a photoneutron reaction. Two alternative thermal separation processes have been developed to extract 99mTc. Experiments have been performed to verify the technical feasibility of the production and assess the efficiency of the extraction processes. A system based on this technology enables the economical supply of 99mTc for a large nuclear pharmacy. Twenty such production centers distributed near major metropolitan areas could produce the entire U.S. supply of 99mTc at a cost less than the current subsidized price.