Thorium and plutonium utilisation in pebble-bed modular reactor

Sikik U., Dikmen H., Cecen Y., Colak U., Kadiroglu O.

2nd Workshop on Advanced Reactors with Innovative Fuels, Chestermere, Canada, 22 - 24 October 2001, pp.57-61 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
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  • City: Chestermere
  • Country: Canada
  • Page Numbers: pp.57-61
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: No


Thorium and plutonium utilisation in a high temperature gas-cooled pebble-bed reactor is investigated with the aim to predict the economic value of vast thorium reserves in Turkey. A pebble-bed reactor of the type designed by PBMR Pty. of South Africa is taken as the investigated system. The equilibrium core of a PBMR is considered and neutronics analyses of such a core are performed through the use of the SCALE-4.4 computer code system KENOV.a module. Various cross-section libraries are used to calculate the criticality of the core. Burn-up calculations of the core are performed by coupling the KENOV.a module with the ORIGEN-S module. Calculations are carried out for various U-Th, U-Pu-Th and U-Pu combinations. The results are preliminary in nature and the work is currently proceeding as planned.