Review of AECL and International Work on Sub-critical Blankets Driven by Accelerator-Based and Fusion Neutron Sources
34th Annual CNS Conference - 2013 June 09-12

Presented at:
34th Annual CNS Conference
2013 June 09-12
Toronto, Canada
Session Title:
Fusion Science & Technology

Blair Bromley (AECL)


A review of work done by AECL and the international community on the topics of accelerator-driven sub‑critical systems (ADS) and hybrid fusion-fission reactors (HFFR) is given, spanning the period of 1953 to 2012.  ADS/HFFRs have applications in power production, fissile fuel breeding, consumption of minor actinides (MAs), transmutation of long-lived fission products (LLFPs), and production of tritium.  AECL carried out pioneering studies in ADS for breeding from 1963 to 1982, while maintaining a “watching brief” on fusion technology, anticipating HFFRs as an early application.  International work has focused on ADS for waste transmutation and HFFRs for fuel production, with excess power as a by-product.

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