Design and safety studies of an EFIT core with cermet fuel

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  • X.-N. Chen
  • W. Maschek
  • P. Liu
  • A. Rineiski
  • Sh. Wang
  • C. Matzerath Boccaccini
  • Vitaly Sobolev
  • G. Rimpault

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The Pu/MA ratio determines the transmutation rate and the burn-up characteristics. The initial reference value is taken as Pu/MA = 46/54 at%. Then it is reduced down to 35/65 at% for optimizing the reactivity swing and the MA transmutation efficiency. The effect of reduced Pu/MA ratio on the reactivity needs to be compensated by increasing the fuel volume fraction, which can be realized by reducing the pin number per SA and increasing the pin diameter. It is shown that the original coolant/clad thermal hydraulic conditions can be preserved, as the pin number is reduced and the fuel volume is increased. A good transmutation efficiency and an almost zero reactivity swing have been achieved by a 61-pin arrangement with Pu/MA = 35/65 at%.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnology and components of accelerator-driven systems
Place of PublicationParis, France
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011
EventTechnology and components of accelerator-driven systems (TCADS-1) - Karlsruhe, Germany
Duration: 15 Mar 201015 Mar 2010


ConferenceTechnology and components of accelerator-driven systems (TCADS-1)


  • Minir actinides, transmutation, fuel, safety, design, ADS, EFIT

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