This project will examine inert fuels containing ZrO2 and MgO as the inert matrix, with the relative amount of MgO varied from 30% to 70% in ZrO2. Reactor physics calculations will be used to examine suitable quantities of burnable poisons from the candidate elements Gd, Er, or Hf with reactor grade Pu providing the fissile component, with up to 10 % of 239Pu. Ceramics will be synthesized and characterized based on the reactor physics results. The solubility the fuel ceramics, in reactor conditions, reprocessing conditions, and repository conditions, will be investigated in a manner to provide thermodynamic data necessary for modeling.
In this quarter work was performed on synthesis of ceramics and reactor physics calculation.
Magnesium oxide; Mixed oxide fuels (Nuclear engineering); Nuclear fuels; Plutonium; Solid oxide fuel cells; Zirconium oxide
Nuclear | Oil, Gas, and Energy | Physical Chemistry
Dissolution, Reactor, and Environmental Behavior of ZrO2-MgO Inert Fuel Matrix: Quarterly Report, July 2004 to September 2004.
Available at: http://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/hrc_trp_fuels/60