Accelerator-Driven System (ADS) Applications and Use of Low-Enriched Uranium in ADSs

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Project Type

Coordinated Research Project

Project Code

T33002

CRP

2167

Approved Date

09/12/2015

Status

3 - Active - Ongoing

Start Date

18/03/2016

Expected End Date

17/03/2019

Participating Countries

Belarus
China
Germany
Hungary
India
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Italy
Japan
Republic of Korea
Russian Federation
Spain
Ukraine
United States of America
Uzbekistan

Description

The proposed work to be undertaken in the frame of the present CRP will focus on the development of innovative applications for ADS facilities as well as on further development and validation of ADS technologies.Among the applications to be explored will be the use of ADS facilities to transmute nuclear waste, specifically, long-lived fission products and minor actinide (MA) materials generated during the operation of nuclear power reactors, and the development of robust techniques for on-line monitoring of ADS facilities. Attention will also be given to investigating the potential for use of ADS facilities as neutron sources for basic research, applied research, and for the production of needed radioisotopes for medical and industrial applications.  A strong emphasis will be placed on the use of LEU fuel in the ADS facilities to be considered.

Objectives

The proposed work to be undertaken in the frame of the present CRP will focus on the development of innovative applications for ADS facilities as well as on further development and validation of ADS technologies.Among the applications to be explored will be the use of ADS facilities to transmute nuclear waste, specifically, long-lived fission products and minor actinide (MA) materials generated during the operation of nuclear power reactors, and the development of robust techniques for on-line monitoring of ADS facilities. Attention will also be given to investigating the potential for use of ADS facilities as neutron sources for basic research, applied research, and for the production of needed radioisotopes for medical and industrial applications.  As in the previous collaborative work project, a strong emphasis will be placed on the use of LEU fuel in the ADS facilities to be considered.

Specific objectives

Conduct research on1. Online subcriticality monitoring techniques - Concept development - Experimental verifications 2. ADS thorium utilization - Experimental measurements - U-233 ADS breeder design concept development - Energy amplifier concept development 3. Production of radioactive isotopes - Studies - Experimental measurements 4. Transmutation - Experimental measurements - Burner concept development 5. ADS shielding studies - Design studies - Experimental measurements 6. ADS burnup analyses and subcriticality compensation for the near term experimental facilities. 7. Solid target design concept development and operational experience

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