Advanced Nuclear Systems Consuming Excess Plutonium

  • Erich R. Merz
  • Carl E. Walter

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASDT, volume 15)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. A. N. Chebeskov, V. S. Kagramanian, A. V. Malenkov
    Pages 21-26
  3. C. H. M. Broeders, I. Broeders, G. Kessler, E. Kiefhaber
    Pages 27-42
  4. W.H. Hannum, H.F. McFarlane, D.C. Wade, R.N. Hill
    Pages 43-63
  5. Ivanov V.B., Skiba O.V., Mayorshin A.A., Porodnov P.T., Bychkov A.V., Kisly V.A.
    Pages 65-67
  6. Sadao Hattori
    Pages 69-77
  7. C. Rubbia, S. Buono, E. Gonzalez, Y. Kadi, J.A. Rubio
    Pages 89-134
  8. P.G. Boczar, M.J.N. Gagnon, P.S.W. Chan, R.J. Ellis, R.A. Verrall, A.R. Dastur
    Pages 163-179
  9. M. Salvatores, M. Delpech
    Pages 181-202
  10. N. N. Ponomarev-Stepnoy, E. S. Glushkov, I. K. Levina
    Pages 203-217
  11. P.N. Alekseev, V.V. Ignatiev, V.N. Prusakov, N.N. Ponomarev-Stepnoy, V.A. Stukalov, S.A. Subbotin
    Pages 219-224
  12. L.A. Bolshov, R.V. Arutyunyan, V.P. Kiselev, B.P. Maksimenko, V.N. Nosatov, O.A. Pavlovsky
    Pages 265-273
  13. Yu. A. Trutnev, V.E. Marshalkin, V.M. Povyshev
    Pages 283-285
  14. V. Ya. Gol’din
    Pages 331-333
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 335-362

About this book


A survey of recent developments in the field of plutonium disposal by the application of advanced nuclear systems, both critical and subcritical. Current national R&D plans are summarized. The actinide-fuelled critical reactors are associated with control problems, since they tend to have a small delayed neutron fraction coupled with a small Doppler effect and a positive void coefficient. Current thinking is turning to accelerator-driven subcritical systems for the transmutation of actinides.
The book's conclusion is that the various systems proposed are technically feasible, even though not yet technically mature. The book presents a unique summary and evaluation of all relevant possibilities for burning surplus plutonium, presented by experts from a variety of different disciplines and interests, including the defence establishment. The obvious issue - the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons - is vital, but the matter represents a complex technological challenge that also requires an assessment in economic terms.


Molten Salt Reactor Plutonium Thorium Uran materials safety

Editors and affiliations

  • Erich R. Merz
    • 1
  • Carl E. Walter
    • 2
  1. 1.Forschungszentrum Jülich, KFAJülichGermany
  2. 2.Lawrence Livermore National LaboratoryUniversity of CaliforniaLivermoreUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-3743-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-0860-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-1820
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