While various possibilities for the design of the fast breeder reactor exist, you will remember that the main development of the technology has been along the line of mixed oxide fuel, steel cladding and liquid metal coolants. We will restrict ourselves to the consideration of the design of this sort of reactor in this lecture, where we will describe some of the features in some detail. The performance of the fast breeder reactor can be varied with respect to the size of its specific plutonium inventory (the amount of fissile material required for the cycle of operation) and also the breeding gain (i.e. its excess plutonium production) and hence its doubling time, by altering some of the basic core parameters.
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