The Effects of Fuel Burnup on Incremental Cross Sections in Actinide Fuels in CANDU Reactors
36th Annual CNS-CNA Student Conference - 2012 June 12

Presented at:
36th Annual CNS-CNA Student Conference
2012 June 12
Saskatoon, Canada
Session Title:
CNS/CNA Student Conference 2012

Andrew C. Morreale (McMaster University )
Matthew R. Ball (McMaster University )
David R. Novog (McMaster University )
John C. Luxat (McMaster University )


The burning of transuranic actinides from spent fuel in current thermal reactors is an active area of nuclear research. Mixed oxides can be used to combine actinides and natural uranium to produce a high burnup fuel suitable for use in CANDU® . Proper safety assessment is needed to ensure standard operational behavior is maintained with advanced fuels. The interaction of control devices with the fuel and the incremental cross sections should be explored over the full burnup cycle of the fuel to determine the changes that may result from composition changes in the fuel over the burnup lifetime.

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