Early Career Seminar: Analysis of Transition to Advanced Nuclear Fuel Cycles
Advanced nuclear fuel cycles with recycling technologies are able to significantly reduce uranium consumption and waste disposal requirements by continuously recycling all heavy metals in fast spectrum reactors. So how can we transition from our current once-through cycle with LWRs to a reactor fleet and infrastructure based on these advanced recycling technologies? When can these benefits be realized? How much would it cost? How long would it take? What are the time-dependent system behaviors and challenges associated with different transition pathways?
These are the kinds of questions that we hope to address by modeling these transition scenarios using system dynamics tools and by analyzing the predicted mass flows, facility throughputs, construction rates, inventories, and infrastructure requirements. In this seminar, a brief introduction to the system dynamics concept and established fuel cycle systems codes will be provided along with preliminary findings from recent transition analyses conducted for the Fuel Cycle Options Campaign within DOE-NE's Fuel Cycle Technologies Program.
June 23, 2015 at 10:00am
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