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Management of Damaged Spent Nuclear Fuel

IAEA Nuclear Energy Series No. NF-T-3.6

English STI/PUB/1395 ¦ 978-92-0-103809-8

50 pages ¦ 4 figures ¦ € 20.00 ¦ Date published: 2009

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Given current energy projections, it is likely that interest in nuclear energy will grow, resulting in more fuel passing through the back end of the fuel cycle. To minimize the time, risk and resources associated with management of this spent nuclear fuel, it is important to minimize the amount and handling of damaged spent fuel. Arising from an IAEA meeting on this topic, this publication provides assistance in determining if fuel with a particular type of defect is acceptable or if it requires non-standard handling. The publication is intended to facilitate evaluation of the costs and benefits of design concepts or design changes for storage or transport systems, and to help in selecting appropriate methods for identifying and handling damaged spent nuclear fuel.

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