Modelling the inventory and impact assessment of partitioning and transmutation approaches to spent nuclear fuel management

C. Hoggett-Jones, C. Robbins, G. Gettinby, S.P. Blythe

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Abstract

An inventory modelling and impact assessment system to investigate the potential effects of partitioning and transmutation is proposed. It is founded on a mass based inventory analysis using the principles of basic nuclear physics and the international standards for assessing radiological health effects. It is specific to the back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle and is applied to four alternative spent fuel management strategies. The system accounts for the dynamic nature of post-irradiation scenarios and is being used to develop software for use within the nuclear power industry. Four example waste-disposal options are considered using the method. Impact assessments and parameter sensitivity analyses are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)491-508
Number of pages17
JournalAnnals of Nuclear Energy
Volume29
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2002

Keywords

  • radioactive waste management
  • partitioning
  • transmutation approaches
  • nuclear power

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