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2021 ANS Winter Meeting and Technology Expo
November 30–December 3, 2021
Washington, DC|Washington Hilton
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ANS Winter Meeting: What it will take to “Fuel our Nuclear Future"
The 2021 ANS Winter Meeting and Technology Expo began this morning with a Opening Plenary Session chaired by Winter Meeting general chair Amir Vexler, president and chief executive officer of Orano USA. It was an opportunity to both celebrate achievements that are already building a “Nuclear Future” and to identify needs and challenges ahead.
Influential speakers from the U.S. Congress, the Department of Energy, and the Nuclear Energy Institute joined ANS president Steven Nesbit and ANS CEO/executive director Craig Piercy to explore key issues associated with the front end of the nuclear fuel cycle, including supply and demand for high-assay, low-enriched uranium (HALEU). They didn’t stop there, however. They took questions from an in-person and virtual audience that probed other requirements of a sustainable nuclear future, including fueling a human resources pipeline.
Nuclear Technology | Volume 190 | Number 1 | April 2015 | Pages 11-27
Technical Paper | Fission Reactors | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT14-30
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In this study, the characteristics of changes in reactivity due to increasing burnup of uranium-fueled fast reactors are analyzed. A new classification system for nuclear reactor cores based on their uncontrolled tendency for reactivity changes during burnup was introduced and the design-optimization strategy for any fast reactor core aimed at a minimized reactivity swing is outlined. The 235U feed-fuel enrichment level that minimizes the burnup reactivity swing of a sodium-cooled metallic-fueled core is 10% to 12.5% for an average target fuel burnup of 1% to 20% FIMA (fission of initial metal atom). The higher the target burnup of the system, the lower the feed-fuel enrichment level that minimizes swing. The minimum attainable swing for a 125-MW(thermal) metallic-fueled sodium-cooled core is found to be ∼200 pcm for 5% FIMA burnup and increases to ∼800 pcm for a system aiming at 10% FIMA. In general, if the target discharge burnup is doubled, the minimum attainable burnup reactivity swing quadruples. Any optimized minimum reactivity swing core will form a positive parabolic uncontrolled reactivity trajectory with burnup, where the beginning of cycle and end of cycle reactivities are equal. Uranium-fueled fast cores with minimized burnup reactivity swing are net consumers of fissile material, with a fissile conversion ratio in the range of 0.7 to 0.9.