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Self-Breeding and Radiotoxicity Analysis on Thorium-Based Molten Salt Reactors

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Chun-yan Zou, Jin-gen Chen, Xiang-zhou Cai, Cheng-gang Yu, Da-zhen Jiang, Wei Guo, Yang Zou, Xiao-han Yu, Kun Chen

Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China

Paper No. ICONE21-15454, pp. V002T05A010; 4 pages
  • 2013 21st International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 2: Plant Systems, Construction, Structures and Components; Next Generation Reactors and Advanced Reactors
  • Chengdu, China, July 29–August 2, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5579-9
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


As one of the candidates in the Generation IV reactors program., the molten salt reactor (MSR) has the properties of online refueling and fuel salt reprocessing, MSR is especially attractive for the Thorium fuel cycle, which is very ideal for nuclear non-proliferation, radiotoxicity and nuclear energy sustainability. Therefore, the “Thorium-based Molten Salt Reactor (TMSR) nuclear system” project has been proposed as one of the “Strategic Priority Research Program” of Chinese Academy of Science (CAS). In this paper, we mainly investigated the influence on the breeding ratio and waste radiotoxicity with different reprocessing schemes. By considering the key parameters mentioned above, the aim is to choose an efficient reprocessing scheme for TMSR to reach self-breeding with Th/U fuel cycle and minimize the radioactive waste production of the molten salt.

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