Thoria-based Nuclear Fuels
This book presents the state of the art on thermophysical and thermochemical properties, fabrication methodologies, irradiation behaviours, fuel reprocessing procedures, and aspects of waste management for oxide fuels in general and for thoria-based fuels in particular. The book covers all the essential features involved in the development of and working with nuclear technology. With the help of key databases, many of which were created by the authors, information is presented in the form of tables, figures, schematic diagrams and flow sheets, and photographs. This information will be useful for scientists and engineers working in the nuclear field, particularly for design and simulation, and for establishing the technology. One special feature is the inclusion of the latest information on thoria-based fuels, especially on the use of thorium in power generation, as it has less proliferation potential for nuclear weapons. Given its natural abundance, thorium offers a future alternative to uranium fuels in nuclear technology. In closing, the latest information on conventional uranium and plutonium fuels is also provided.
Covers the essential information on thermophysical, thermodynamic and transport properties of oxide fuels Focuses on thoria based fuels, fabrication and characterization procedures of the fuels, and reprocessing and waste management of the reactor irradiated fuels Contains technological features of oxide fuels with particular reference to thoria based fuels, their thermophysical and thermochemical properties and salient details of fabrications, in pile behaviour, recycling and waste management in the context of power generations in PWR, AHWR FBR type reactors