Neutronics of accelerator-driven subcritical fission for burning transuranics in used nuclear fuel
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We report the development of a conceptual design for accelerator-driven subcritical fission in a molten salt core (ADSMS). ADSMS is capable of destroying all of the transuranics at the same rate and proportion as they are produced in a conventional nuclear power plant. The ADSMS core is fueled solely by transuranics extracted from used nuclear fuel and reduces its radiotoxicity by a factor 10,000. ADSMS offers a way to close the nuclear fuel cycle so that the full energy potential in the fertile fuels uranium and thorium can be recovered. © 2013 AIP Publishing LLC.
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Sattarov, A., Assadi, S., Badgley, K., Baty, A., Comeaux, J., Gerity, J., ... Mann, T.