Investigation of CANDU reactors as a thorium burner


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

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

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 47
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.enconman.2005.10.013
  • Title of Journal : ENERGY CONVERSION AND MANAGEMENT
  • Page Numbers: pp.1661-1675

Abstract

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.