Investigation of CANDU reactors as a thorium burner

Sahin S., Yildiz K., Sahin H. M., Acir A.

ENERGY CONVERSION AND MANAGEMENT, vol.47, pp.1661-1675, 2006 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


Large quantities of plutonium have been accumulated in the nuclear waste of civilian LWRs and CANDU reactors. Reactor grade plutonium can be used as a booster fissile fuel material in the form of mixed ThO2/PuO2 fuel in a CANDU fuel bundle in order to assure reactor criticality. The paper investigates the prospects of exploiting the rich world thorium reserves in CANDU reactors.