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ADSR Systems - the Reactor. Tony Roulstone 13 April 2010. Contents. Challenge of the ADSR proposal 3 System considerations 5 Reactor Concept Studies 6 Carlo Rubbia - Aker Solutions 7 Weinberg - Molten Salt 9 LFR - Ceballos 10 MYRRHA 11
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ADSR Systems - the Reactor Tony Roulstone 13 April 2010

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Contents Challenge of the ADSR proposal 3 System considerations 5 Reactor Concept Studies 6 Carlo Rubbia - Aker Solutions 7 Weinberg - Molten Salt 9 LFR - Ceballos 10 MYRRHA 11 ELSY/LEADER 13 Some Key Design Issues 15 ADSR Reactor Strategy 21 Reactor Work Program Requirements 22

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Challenge of the ADSR proposition \'Towards an Alternative Nuclear Future\' is a significant and great bit of work on both the ADSR framework and on the quickening agent components - which are both key to conveying the ADSR idea to reality; ADSR could give the chance to UK to lead in another and substantial industry – using Thorium for electrical power; The point is demonstrate that an ADSR framework at business scale, and on the timescale of 2025, is a " completely doable and achievable\' goal - if satisfactory R&D is attempted now; The level of meaning of the quickening agent arrange and henceforth its innovation advancement is at a more full level than the reactor; ThorEA ought to build up a coordinating calculated R&D technique and work anticipate the reactor: Collaboration as well as reference outlines; System contemplations; Key plan issues.

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Reactor System Considerations – 1 of 2 ADSR is a method for reproducing fissile fuel (Uranium 233 ) from Thorium and blazing the fuel that is made; This can happen either with: An open fuel cycle in which a driver of fissile fuel, either advanced Uranium or Plutonium gives the subcritical get together to the Thorium fuel which is reared and smoldered in situ. Cutoff points to Thorium use are set by: the execution of the materials under high consume and the administration of the fissile stock/criticality through the term of the fuel. Henceforth, open cycles might have the capacity to use just a little part (~10%) of the capability of the Thorium fuel; Closed fuel cycle in which an underlying fissile fuel is logically supplanted by reprocessed Uranium 233 reproduced from Thorium. Since the fuel is reprocessed, the materials and criticality issues above can be overseen all the more adequately and the potential vitality yield from a shut cycle would be abundantly improved. ADSR empowers these fuel cycles ideas - utilizing a sub-basic, instead of a basic, atomic reactor.

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Reactor System Considerations – 2 of 2 ADSR idea offers a few critical conversation starters of reactor plan, including: What kind of reactor would be most appropriate to ADSR: warm or quick neutron? strong fuelled or fluid fuelled (ie MSR)? fluid metal, water or gas cooled? Is the generally low "worth" of the outer neutrons (Keff~0.015) adequate to give safe control and to administration the variety of reactivity amid the fuel consume? How might positive or negative changes of neutron from quickening agent influence the power in the reactor – on what timescales? Would the restricted era of neutrons around the Spallation target influence the power dispersion over the reactor – quick or warm neutrons? Why might an ADSR be desirable over a basic reactors for reproducing fissile material from Thorium for atomic power: Safety? Fetched ? Accessibility?

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Reactor Concepts Much intriguing work has been done on the reactor plan issues around a particular frameworks concepts: via Carlo Rubbia & Aker Solutions - Lead cooled Fast Reactor with reprocessing, however division of just splitting items and no parcel of substantial metals – Thorium, Uranium and Actinides. by Alvin Weinberg on the utilization of Molten Salt Reactors inside an ADSR framework. MYRRHA Belgium LFR in view of a proton Linac. European program for Lead-cooled quick reactor is finishing – ELSY by Ceballos Castillo – a PhD investigation of upgraded - common dissemination LFR – center energy & wellbeing

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Keff = 0.9986 Gain = 700 Initial fuel: Pu/Th Refuel: reuse U 233 & Th 10 yr fuel cycle consume 150 GWd/tne

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LFR displaying - Ceballos Lead-Bismuth quick reactor 600Mth with characteristic course improved by air pocket stream riser; Fuel in pins with steel (T91) clad in covered sub-congregations; Zoned center both hub & outspread; Flat center: 4m dia 1m stature, with 10m high riser; K eff = 0.95 β = 0.35%; Conventional steam cooling/control cycle. Considered reactor energy & warm water power: Modeling center power & fuel stick temperatures; Examined center assurance and some standard security cases LOHS, shaft trip and so on. Assurance exhibited for cases in which close down frameworks worked; Clad crawl at high temps & clad weakness because of continuous bar misfortune.

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MYRRHA - 1 of 2 MYRRHA is an Accelerator Driven System (ADS) a work in progress at Mol in Belgium, with broad global coordinated effort, as a multipurpose light office for research; It means to serve as a reason for the European XT-ADS(*) and to give protons and neutrons to different R&D applications.; MYRRHA comprises of a proton quickening agent conveying a 600 MeV - 2.5 mA (or 350 MeV - 5 mA proton shaft) to a fluid Pb-Bi Spallation focus on that thusly couples to a Pb-Bi cooled, subcritical quick atomic center – to a limited extent in view of a Russian military innovation. Framework parameters are as per the following: Proton bar force of 1.5 MW (600 MeV * 2.5 mA) Windowless fluid Pb-Bi \'free surface\' Spallation target Sub-basic center (60 MWt ostensible) made of MOX fuel with a plutonium content restricted to 35 wt%, cooled by pumped Pb-Bi and LBE-water warm exchangers. The decision of MYRRHA segments is driven by the need to utilize built up center innovation and give a vast edge of sub-criticality (K eff = 0.95, Core temp – 337 o C) to encourage security leeway;

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MYRRHA - 2 of 2 There is a considerable R&D program in support of MYRRHA outline and development & adjusted to operation timescales of 2022-23; Pre-cursor test reactor - GUINEVERE deuteron quickening agent coordinated into a Uranium pole/lead center in 12*12 gatherings; Target demonstrating & testing: Hydrodynamics to make free surface; Interaction of bar and surface; Location & control of surface; Gas stream over the surface; Target circuit tidy up. Representation under Lead-bismuth Robotics for fuel administration and in reactor examination or control; MYRRHA is an eager and all around created confirmation of rule venture as opposed to a plan vehicle for a business ADSR reactor framework. Once MYRRHA has shown the idea, it can be normal that further wellbeing and execution work/testing will be required to plan a business ADSR.

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LFR is possibility for ADSR yet Gen IV program issues R&D needs in fills materials & consumption control - 2 stage prepare: 2025 reactor with low essential coolant temperature & low power thickness; & by 2035 more propelled plans .

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Key Design Issues 1. Thorium as a fuel: Thermal neutrons are doable for reproducing yet less demanding to set up conditions for rearing with quick neutrons; Requires a fissile driver center – either enhanced Uranium or Plutonium – 15-20% Some investigations of the attainability of direct rearing from the quickening agent neutrons, utilizing just Thorium fuel ideas should be created; Without reprocessing - ADS Reactors can just endeavor constrained some portion of Thorium potential – require long-life/high copy up fuel (150GWd/tne ~10 years) to adventure Thorium - accentuation on: In-center reproducing/copying – exhibit that long center life time can be accomplished, by Use and administration of burnable toxins, and Burning & reproducing fuel blend to guarantee basic/sub-basic edges are kept up With reprocessing - center power shapes will be influenced by fuel administration in both fissile & rich areas – re-stack fuel is a great deal more dynamic than released fuel; Aqueous reprocessing is more troublesome than for Uranium, requiring HF or different intends to break down oxide fills, generally pyro - metallurgical procedures - & potential issues with re-manufacture of fuel due radio-dynamic Uranium 232 girls. Reprocessing & re-manufacture improvement would requires their own particular advancement programs.

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Key Design Issues Spallation Source Spectral impacts of neutrons on criticality – provoke neutron #/yield is an element of neutron/proton vitality. Confined wellspring of neutrons – conceivably influencing center power shape & control topping; Neutron coupling contrasts amongst warm and quick frameworks – dispersion lengths; Source materials which withstand the abnormal state of enthusiastic neutrons - life identified with utilization/transmutation of the objective material – ~50mg/s => tne dad?; Neutron per parting as a component of neutron energy

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Key Design Issues 3. Source/Target Sub-System MEGAPIE – Zr , Pb , PbBi

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Key Design Issues Shape of center consume reactivity profile relies on upon reactor sort – quick/warm. 4. Reactivity Control Through-life: Either quickening agent must be equipped for giving neutrons to Δ K/K at EOL ~ 9% and is adjusted amid operation, or Complex fuel administration/rearranging/reproducing together with burnable toxic substances to oversee reactivity with the point Δ K/K at SOL ~ Δ K/K at EOL, or Control bars give large scale control of reactivity & quickening agent has settled neutrons capacity. Reactivity wellbeing may give off an impression of being minimal not quite the same as a conservatively-outlined routine/basic reactor; Keff =1 Core Lifetime 2-3% Effect of center consume/breeding 8-9% Δ K/K sans source K End of Life Start of Life

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Key Design Issues 4. Reactivity Control(cont\'d) Short term : Changes in quickening agent pillar current influence center power in incite neutron timescales ~10 - 6 s Thermo-basic center reactivity impacts – fuel extension &am

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