Abstracts and Available Papers Presented at the
1998 International RERTR Meeting
THE FEASIBILITY STUDY OF USING LOW
ENRICHED URANIUM FOR
CONVERSION OF RUSSIAN PLUTONIUM PRODUCTION REACTORS
I. Konovalov, A. Maslov, Y.Stetskiy, A. Vatulin (VNIINM)
N. Koukharkin (RRCKI), V. Fatin (SkhK), B. Silin (MINATOM)
In the report the main results of feasibility study of modernization of the Russian industrial reactors, producing Plutonium and delivering an electrical power and heat, using low-enriched fuel (LEU), containing about of 20% of U-235, are presented. The purpose of modernization stop Plutonium production.
On the basis of results of work the following main conclusions was made.
- Conversion of the ADE-type reactor cores to LEU fuel is feasible.
- A critical milestone for successful LEU conversion is the beginning of the LEU lifetime fuel and absorber tests in two channels in March, 1999.
The work was carried out by the Russian experts group under the assignment of MINATOM and DOE at ANL financial support.
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