Enhanced CANDU6: Reactor Core Design and Fuel Cycle Flexibility
International Conference on the Future of Heavy Water Reactors - 2011 October 02-05


Presented at:
International Conference on the Future of Heavy Water Reactors
2011 October 02-05
Location:
Ottawa, Canada
Session Title:
Reactor Design

Authors:
M. Ovanes (CANDU Energy)
Peter S.W. Chan (CANDU Energy)
J. Mao (CANDU Energy)
N. Alderson (CANDU Energy)
  

Abstract

The Enhanced CANDU 6® (EC6®) is the updated version of the well established CANDU 6 family of units incorporating improved safety characteristics designed to meet or exceed Generation III nuclear power plant expectations.  The EC6 retains the excellent neutron economy and fuel cycle flexibility that are inherent in the CANDU reactor design.  The reference design is based on natural uranium fuel, but the EC6 is also able to utilize additional fuel options, including the use of Recovered Uranium (RU) and Thorium based fuels, without requiring major hardware upgrades to the existing control and safety systems. This paper outlines the major changes in the EC6 core design from the existing C6 design that significantly enhance the safety characteristics and operating efficiency of the reactor. The use of RU fuel as a transparent replacement fuel for the standard 37-el NU fuel, and several RU based advanced fuel designs that give significant improvements in fuel burnup and inherent safety characteristics are also discussed in the paper.

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