LIFE hybrid reactor as reactor grade plutonium burner

ŞAHİN S., Sahin H. M., ACIR A.

ENERGY CONVERSION AND MANAGEMENT, vol.63, pp.44-50, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 63
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.enconman.2011.12.031
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.44-50
  • Keywords: Inertial fusion energy, TRISO fuel, FLIBE molten salt, National ignition facility, Reactor-grade plutonium, Fusion-fission (hybrid) reactors, PRELIMINARY DESIGN, FUSION, BLANKET, NEUTRON
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


The early version of the conceptual modified design of the Laser Inertial Confinement Fusion Fission Energy (LIFE) engine consists of a spherical fusion chamber of 5 m diameter, surrounded by a multi-layered blanket. The first wall is made of 2 cm thick ODS and followed by a Li17Pb83 zone (2 cm), acting as neutron multiplier, tritium breeding and front coolant zone. It is separated by an ODS layer (2 cm) from the FLIBE molten salt zone (50 cm), containing fissionable fuel. A 3rd ODS layer (2 cm) separates the molten salt zone on the right side from the graphite reflector (30 cm).