Science and Technology of Nuclear Installations

Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Technologies and Commercialization


Publishing date
03 May 2013
Status
Published
Submission deadline
14 Dec 2012

1Pyroprocessing Technology Department, Idaho National Laboratory, P.O. Box 3560, Idaho Falls, ID 83415, USA

2Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, USA

3Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID, USA


Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Technologies and Commercialization

Description

Papers are being requested for this special issue. This is considered to be a very timely subject given the current expansion of nuclear energy and the lack of broadly accepted long-term spent fuel management solutions. The United States and several other countries are spending tens of millions of dollars each year on nuclear fuel reprocessing research, but there must be a connection to the needs of the existing nuclear power industry. Research at the US national level currently targets development of a fully sustainable nuclear power infrastructure, that maximizes resource utilization and power production, while managing wastes effectively and minimizing the risk of proliferation. The utilities desire a process for managing the actinides in their used fuel stockpiles that does not impact their reactor operations. Given the existing infrastructure, it is unquestionably more economical today to mine and enrich natural uranium for reactor fuel. However, will significant expansion of nuclear power strain resources sufficiently to swing the pendulum toward reprocessing? Will the externalities associated with waste disposal soon have an impact on the cost of newly mined fuel and provide economic benefit to industry using reprocessed fuel? Can we manage the proliferation and world security risks associated with nuclear fuel reprocessing to reap the benefits of better resource utilization and long-term waste management? These are just some of the topics that we would like to be addressed in this special issue. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Cost analysis of specific nuclear fuel reprocessing schemes
  • Safeguardability of reprocessing facilities
  • Issues relevant to the scalability of nuclear fuel reprocessing technology
  • Risk and safety issues relevant to a reprocessing facility
  • Impact of reprocessing on nuclear resource sustainability

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 815693
  • - Editorial

Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Technologies and Commercialization

Michael F. Simpson
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 702496
  • - Research Article

Radioactive Iodine and Krypton Control for Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Facilities

Nick R. Soelberg | Troy G. Garn | ... | Praveen K. Thallapally
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 417048
  • - Review Article

Recycling versus Long-Term Storage of Nuclear Fuel: Economic Factors

B. Yolanda Moratilla Soria | Maria Uris Mas | ... | David Echevarria-López
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 705878
  • - Research Article

Estimating Alarm Thresholds for Process Monitoring Data under Different Assumptions about the Data Generating Mechanism

Tom Burr | Michael S. Hamada | ... | Brian Weaver
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 945858
  • - Research Article

Projected Salt Waste Production from a Commercial Pyroprocessing Facility

Michael F. Simpson
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 412349
  • - Research Article

Economic Viability of Metallic Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor Fuel in Korea

S. K. Kim | W. I. Ko | Yoon Hee Lee
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 961360
  • - Research Article

Revisiting Statistical Aspects of Nuclear Material Accounting

T. Burr | M. S. Hamada
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 590684
  • - Research Article

Solution Monitoring Evaluated by Proliferation Risk Assessment and Fuzzy Optimization Analysis for Safeguards in a Reprocessing Process

Mitsutoshi Suzuki | Norichika Terao
Science and Technology of Nuclear Installations
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