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The goal of this research project was to provide technical support to process designers working on the development of the fuel cycles for transmutation applications. Detailed process models were developed to better define the impact of fuel choice on the transmuter fuel cycle, including relative process losses, waste generation, and plant capital cost. These process models provide insight regarding required plant size and number of plants needed to mesh with the fuel recycling line. They also determine requirements for automation.

Manufacturing models for large-scale production in a hot cell environment were also developed. Combined, these two models allow the assessment of plant layout, and provide the framework for estimation of plant capital and operating cost estimates, and for feasibility in general. The need for development in the areas of robotic and sensor technology was assessed. The manufacturing technology developed for hot cell applications was also applicable to other, more general uses, where occupational hazards prevent human presence near processes.


Artificial intelligence; Nuclear fuel rods – Design and construction; Robots; Industrial – Control systems; Robots; Industrial – Kinematics – Simulation methods


Nuclear Engineering | Oil, Gas, and Energy | Robotics