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Comparative analysis of minor actinides transmutation in a molten-salt burner reactor based on LiF-NaF-KF and LiF-BeF2 salts

Apr 21, 2022, 1:40 PM
Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

POSTER Track 3. Fuels, Fuel Cycles and Waste Management Poster Session


Mikhail Belonogov (RFNC-VNIITF named after academ. E.I. Zababakhin)


In Russia, research is actively underway to develop a specialized molten-salt burner reactor (MSR-burner) of minor actinides (MA) from spent nuclear fuel of power reactors. Two candidate fluoride salts, LiF-BeF2 [1] and LiF-NaF-KF, are considered as the solvent of the reactor fuel components.
The purpose of the present paper is to study MA transmutation in the MSR-burner based on selected salts in the equilibrium mode of reactor operation at different volumes of the core. The calculations were performed using PRIZMA+RISK software package developed at the "RFNC-VNIITF named after Academ. E.I. Zababakhin" [3,4].
The LiF-BeF2 salt has a low solubility limit of actinide fluorides, which leads to the need to feed the reactor with a significant amount of Pu and, consequently, to a low efficiency of MA transmutation. By reducing of volume of the active zone increases the consumption of Pu and reduces the efficiency of transmutation. In contrast to LiF-BeF2, LiF-NaF-KF eutectic is characterized by a relative high solubility of actinide fluorides. For a MSR-burner based on this salt, Pu is needed mainly for starting; in the equilibrium mode reactor consumes only MA. In this case, the maximum efficiency of MA transmutation can be achieved in a wide range of core volume: from 2 m3 to 30 m3 with a concentration of actinide fluorides from 17 to 10%, mol., respectively.

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[4] Modestov D.G. The RISK-2014 code to solve nuclear kinetics problems, RFNC-VNIITF preprint No.243, Snazhinsk, 2014.

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Mikhail Belonogov (RFNC-VNIITF named after academ. E.I. Zababakhin) Igor Volkov (Russian Federal Nuclear Center - All-Russia Research Institute of Technical Physics) Mr Dmitry Modestov (RFNC-VNIITF named after Academ. E.I. Zababakhin) Mr Vadim Simonenko (RFNC-VNIITF named after Academ. E.I. Zababakhin) Mr Dmitry Khmelnitsky (RFNC-VNIITF named after Academ. E.I. Zababakhin)

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