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Next Generation CANDU Core Physics Innovations

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P. S. W. Chan, J. M. Hopwood, J. W. Love

Atomic Energy of Canada, Ltd., Mississauga, ON, Canada

Paper No. ICONE10-22644, pp. 1043-1049; 7 pages
doi:10.1115/ICONE10-22644
From:
  • 10th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • 10th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, Volume 2
  • Arlington, Virginia, USA, April 14–18, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3596-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3589-8
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME

abstract

NG CANDU is the “Next Generation” CANDU® reactor, aimed at producing electrical power at a capital cost significantly less than that of the current reactor designs. A key element of cost reduction is the use of H2 O as coolant and Slightly Enriched Uranium fuel in a tight D2 O-moderated lattice. The innovations in the CANDU core physics result in substantial improvements in economics as well as significant enhancements in reactor licensability, controllability, and waste reduction. The full-core coolant-void reactivity in NG CANDU is about −3 mk. Power coefficient is substantially negative. Fuel burnup is about three times the current natural-uranium burnup.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Physics

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