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Small Modular Reactors: Uranium Resource Requirements, Waste Generation and Proliferation Risk Assessment

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M. V. Ramana, Alexander Glaser, Laura Berzak Hopkins

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Paper No. ICONE21-16917, pp. V002T05A078; 7 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


Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) with power levels of below 300 MW(e) appear to have several favorable characteristics and their deployment might help bring about a big change in how nuclear power fares in the future. Numerous SMR designs with distinct characteristics are under development in several countries. To capture the impacts of these different designs, we have developed notional models for two leading SMR types and performed neutronics calculations on these to estimate uranium resource requirements. These are then used to explore the resulting waste generation and potential proliferation risks.

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