Small modular reactors: Uranium resource requirements, waste generation and proliferation risk assessment

M. V. Ramana, Alexander Glaser, Laura Berzak Hopkins

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Abstract

Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) with power levels of below 300 MW(e) appear to have several favorable characteristics and their deployment might help bring about a big change in how nuclear power fares in the future. Numerous SMR designs with distinct characteristics are under development in several countries. To capture the impacts of these different designs, we have developed notional models for two leading SMR types and performed neutronics calculations on these to estimate uranium resource requirements. These are then used to explore the resulting waste generation and potential proliferation risks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPlant Systems, Construction, Structures and Components; Next Generation Reactors and Advanced Reactors
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Print)9780791855799
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Event2013 21st International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, ICONE 2013 - Chengdu, China
Duration: Jul 29 2013Aug 2 2013

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Nuclear Engineering, Proceedings, ICONE
Volume2

Conference

Conference2013 21st International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, ICONE 2013
CountryChina
CityChengdu
Period7/29/138/2/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

Keywords

  • Neutronic models
  • Proliferation risk
  • SMR
  • Small modular reactors
  • Uranium requirements

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    Ramana, M. V., Glaser, A., & Hopkins, L. B. (2013). Small modular reactors: Uranium resource requirements, waste generation and proliferation risk assessment. In Plant Systems, Construction, Structures and Components; Next Generation Reactors and Advanced Reactors (International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, Proceedings, ICONE; Vol. 2). American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). https://doi.org/10.1115/ICONE21-16917