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Re: [cdn-nucl-l] SMALL REACTORS FOR REMOTE AREAS
If the design uses BOTH natural uranium and surplus weapons material in a
seed and blanket design, I can conceive of ways to make it work for 30 years.
In a message dated 12/10/02 7:43:54 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< The proposals I read used highly enriched fuel, at least 20% U-235.
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From: Franta, Jaroslav
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Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2002 10:08 AM
Subject: RE: [cdn-nucl-l] SMALL REACTORS FOR REMOTE AREAS
This abbreviated version of the original NW article seems even more
confusing -- how the heck do you operate a 50 MW natural uranium reactor for
30 years w/o refuelling ??
The original article said that "The reactor is envisioned to be
liquid-metal-cooled and run up to 30 years without requiring fresh fuel. At
that point, the fuel would be cut out for burial or for reprocessing. The
fuel feedstock could be natural or depleted uranium, or the reactor might run
on excess weapons-grade plutonium."
Clues anyone ?