Candidate molten salt investigation for an accelerator driven subcritical core Academic Article uri icon


  • We report a design for accelerator-driven subcritical fission in a molten salt core (ADSMS) that utilizes a fuel salt composed of NaCl and transuranic (TRU) chlorides. The ADSMS core is designed for fast neutronics (28% of neutrons >1 MeV) to optimize TRU destruction. The choice of a NaCl-based salt offers benefits for corrosion, operating temperature, and actinide solubility as compared with LiF-based fuel salts. A molecular dynamics (MD) code has been used to estimate properties of the molten salt system which are important for ADSMS design but have never been measured experimentally. Results from the MD studies are reported. Experimental measurements of fuel salt properties and studies of corrosion and radiation damage on candidate metals for the core vessel are anticipated. 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Sooby, E., Baty, A., Benes, O., McIntyre, P., Pogue, N., Salanne, M., & Sattarov, A.

citation count

  • 19

complete list of authors

  • Sooby, E||Baty, A||Benes, O||McIntyre, P||Pogue, N||Salanne, M||Sattarov, A

publication date

  • September 2013