An investigation of fuel cycles and material flows for a lead-cooled fast reactor using the Monte Carlo code Serpent
Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
The Monte Carlo code Serpent has been used to model the material flows andisotope compositions for a lead cooled fast reactor. The demonstration sized trainingreactor ELECTRA was chosen for the investigation, and different fuel cycle scenarioswere studied. The scenarios differed in operation length (3 months, 1 year or 5years) and recycling technique (single and double PUREX or GANEX).
The simulations gave detailed information on the changes of the isotope composition,activity and decay heat. The analysis of the generated waste also showed that thechoice of recycling method had great impact on the final storage time of the wastefrom the reprocessing. Performing double GANEX recycling, as compared to singlePUREX, reduced the storage time by a factor of about 3500.
The results can be used for future work related to even more detailed studies ofmaterial flows and for designing an appropriate safeguards system.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 76 p.
UPTEC F, ISSN 1401-5757 ; 12008
LFR, lead-cooled fast reactor, Serpent, Generation IV, ELECTRA, isotope composition, fuel
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-171294OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-171294DiVA: diva2:510558
Master Programme in Engineering Physics
Åberg Lindell, MatildaGrape, Sophie, PhD
Håkansson, Ane, ProfessorNyberg, Tomas