Nuclear Techniques ›› 2015, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (8): 80602-080602.doi: 10.11889/j.0253-3219.2015.hjs.38.080602

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Selection and analysis of transmutation fuel in lead-bismuth cooled reactor

MEI Huaping WU Qingsheng HAN Qian CHEN Jianwei HUANG Qunying WU Yican   

  1. (Key Laboratory of Neutronics and Radiation Safety, Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031, China)
  • Received:2015-01-09 Revised:2015-04-16 Online:2015-08-10 Published:2015-08-13


Background: The partitioning and transmutation (P&T) is considered as a feasible method to deal with nuclear waste. Lead-bismuth reactor is one of the most promising nuclear energy systems for Accelerator Driven System (ADS) and Generation-IV reactors. Transmutation fuel is concerned by both P&T and ADS system. Purpose: The aim is to select a suitable transmutation fuel for the lead-bismuth reactor. Methods: In this work, we analyzed characteristics of lead-bismuth reactor and ADS system, and summarized main features of transmutation fuels and design schemes of lead-bismuth reactors. Results: Most lead-bismuth reactors select nitride fuel, and features of nitride fuel are much more suitable than other fuels for the lead-bismuth system. Conclusion: Nitride fuel is currently the optimum selection of transmutation fuel in the lead-bismuth cooled reactor. Irradiation and transmutation experiments for nitride fuel in the Chinese Academy of Sciences ADS system are expected.

Key words: Lead-bismuth cooled reactor, Transmutation, Fuel, Minor actinides, Nitride fuel