Abstracts and Available Papers Presented at the Meeting
Status and Progress in the U.S. RERTR Fuel Development
Daniel M. Wachs
In 2004, U.S. Energy Secretary Abraham established the
Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI). This program
set goals for the conversion of many of the world's
research and test reactors to low-enriched fuels,
including those for which suitable fuels are currently
Development of fuels for reactors that cannot currently
be converted requires an aggressive program of fuel
fabrication development, out-of-pile testing and
characterization, irradiation testing, post-irradiation
examination, and fuel performance modeling. Both
dispersion and monolithic versions of a
uranium-molybdenum based fuel are being developed in
conjunction with strong international partnerships. The
development is being carried out with the intent to
qualify a low-enrichment, highdensity fuel suitable for
utilization in these reactors by the end of 2011,
allowing conversion of the U.S. reactors by 2014. An
overview of program progress and plans leading to fuel
qualification will be presented.
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Contact: Dr. Jordi Roglans-Ribas
Technical Director, RERTR Department
Nuclear Engineering Division – 362
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 South Cass Avenue
Argonne, IL 60439
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The 2016 International RERTR Meeting (RERTR-2016) will take place in Belgium.
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The 2015 International RERTR Meeting (RERTR-2015) took place in Seoul, Korea on Oct. 11-14, 2015.
For more information visit RERTR-2015.