Molten salt considerations for accelerator-driven subcritical fission to close the nuclear fuel cycle Conference Paper uri icon


  • The host salt selection, molecular modeling, physical chemistry, and processing chemistry are presented here for an accelerator-driven subcritical fission in a molten salt core (ADSMS). The core is fueled solely with the transuranics (TRU) and long-lived fission products (LFP) from used nuclear fuel. The neutronics and salt composition are optimized to destroy the transuranics by fission and the long-lived fission products by transmutation. The cores are driven by proton beams from a strong-focusing cyclotron stack. One such ADSMS system can destroy the transuranics in the used nuclear fuel produced by a 1GWe conventional reactor. It uniquely provides a method to close the nuclear fuel cycle for green nuclear energy. © 2013 AIP Publishing LLC.

author list (cited authors)

  • Sooby, E., Adams, M., Baty, A., Gerity, J., McIntyre, P., Melconian, K., ... Tsevkov, P.

publication date

  • January 1, 2013 11:11 AM


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