Synergistic spent nuclear fuel dynamics within the European union

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Abstract

The French strategy recommended by 2012-2015 Commission Nationale d'Evaluation reports [1] emphasizes preparation for a transition from Light Water Reactors (LWRs) to Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactors (SFRs). This paper uses Cyclus to explore the feasibility of using Used Nuclear Fuel (UNF) from other EU nations for French transition into a SFR fleet without additional construction of LWRs. A Cyclus simulation is run from 1950 to 2160 for EU to track the UNF mass and to determine the necessary reprocessing and mixed oxide (MOX) fabrication capacity to support the transition into SFRs. The study concludes that France can avoid deployment of additional LWRs by accepting UNF from other EU nations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-265
Number of pages5
JournalTransactions of the American Nuclear Society
Volume117
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Event2017 Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, ANS 2017 - Washington, United States
Duration: Oct 29 2017Nov 2 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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