Power flattening and minor actinide burning in a thorium fusion breeder


Sahin S., Sahin H., SÖZEN A., Bayrak M.

ENERGY CONVERSION AND MANAGEMENT, vol.43, no.6, pp.799-815, 2002 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

Abstract

A neutronic analysis has been performed for a thorium fusion breeder with a special task of burning minor actinides Np-237, Am-241, Am-243 and Cm-244 and production of U-233, Pu-238, Am-242m and Cm-245 for spacecraft application. Pu-238 is an important radioisotopic energy source for spacecraft generators. As potential nuclear fuels in the foreseeable future, U-233, Am-242m and Cm-245 would allow one to build extremely compact space reactors.