Document Type

Presentation

Publication Date

1-2003

Abstract

Why is Lead Bismuth Eutectic Important?

• Changing national security stances have led to reexamination of nuclear waste reprocessing

• Dangerous actinides can be separated and

• Transmuted into safer products, creating a waste form dangerous for only hundreds of years, in addition to the production (up to 1/3 of the original fission energy) of useful energy

• Non-moderating coolants or spallation targets for production of fast neutrons is required for transmutation

• Russian experience with LBE coolants in their nuclear submarine fleet makes LBE an attractive possible transmutation coolant technology

• Corrosion of steel by LBE is an important sticking point in the utilization of LBE

Keywords

Corrosion and anti-corrosives; Eutectic alloys; Lead-bismuth alloys; Lead-bismuth eutectic; Particle accelerators — Design and construction; Stainless steel — Corrosion

Disciplines

Materials Chemistry | Metallurgy | Nuclear | Nuclear Engineering | Oil, Gas, and Energy

Language

English

Comments

Poster presentation from Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative Semi-Annual Review Meeting, January 2003.


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