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Proliferation resistance assessments during the design phase of a fuel recycling facility as a means of reducing proliferation risks
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Applied Nuclear Physics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Applied Nuclear Physics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Applied Nuclear Physics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Applied Nuclear Physics.
2013 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The sustainability criterion for Gen IV nuclear energy systems inherently presumes the availability of efficient fuel recycling capabilities. One area for research on advanced fuel recycling concerns safeguards aspects of this type of facilities. Since a recycling facility may be considered as sensitive from a non-proliferation perspective, it is important to address these issues early in the design process, according to the principle of Safeguards By Design.

Presented in this paper is a mode of procedure, where assessments of the proliferation resistance (PR) of a recycling facility for fast reactor fuel have been performed so as to identify the weakest barriers to proliferation of nuclear material. Two supplementing established methodologies have been applied; TOPS and PR&PP. The chosen fuel recycling facility belongs to a small Gen IV lead-cooled fast reactor system that is under study in Sweden. A schematic design of the recycling facility, where actinides are separated using solvent extraction, has been examined.

The PR assessment methodologies make it possible to pinpoint areas in which the facility can be improved in order to reduce the risk of diversion. The initial facility design may then be slightly modified and/or safeguards measures may be introduced to reduce the total identified proliferation risk. After each modification of design and/or safeguards implementation, a new PR assessment of the revised system can been carried out. This way, each modification can be evaluated and new ways to further enhance the proliferation resistance can be identified.

This type of iterative procedure may support Safeguards By Design in the planning of new recycling plants and other nuclear facilities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013.
Keyword [en]
Proliferation resistance, safeguards by design, reprocessing, Generation IV
National Category
Other Physics Topics
Research subject
Physics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-205866OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-205866DiVA: diva2:642904
Conference
GLOBAL 2013: International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Conference
Available from: 2013-08-23 Created: 2013-08-23 Last updated: 2014-01-21Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Proliferation resistances of Generation IV recycling facilities for nuclear fuel
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2013 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The effects of global warming raise demands for reduced CO2 emissions, whereas at the same time the world’s need for energy increases. With the aim to resolve some of the difficulties facing today’s nuclear power, striving for safety, sustainability and waste minimization, a new generation of nuclear energy systems is being pursued: Generation IV.

New reactor concepts and new nuclear facilities should be at least as resistant to diversion of nuclear material for weapons production, as were the previous ones. However, the emerging generation of nuclear power will give rise to new challenges to the international safeguards community, due to new and increased flows of nuclear material in the nuclear fuel cycle. Before a wide implementation of Generation IV nuclear power facilities takes place, there lies still an opportunity to formulate safeguards requirements for the next generation of nuclear energy systems. In this context, this thesis constitutes one contribution to the global efforts to make future nuclear energy systems increasingly resistant to nuclear material diversion attempts.

This thesis comprises three papers, all of which concern safeguards and proliferation resistance in Generation IV nuclear energy systems and especially recycling facilities:

In Paper I, proliferation resistances of three fuel cycles, comprising different reprocessing techniques, are investigated. The results highlight the importance of making group actinide extraction techniques commercial, due to the inherently less vulnerable isotopic and radiological properties of the materials in such processes.

Paper II covers the schematic design and safeguards instrumentation of a Generation IV recycling facility. The identification of the safeguards needs of planned facilities can act as a guide towards the development of new instrumentation suitable for Generation IV nuclear energy systems.

Finally, Paper III describes a mode of procedure for assessing proliferation resistance of a recycling facility for fast reactor fuel. The assessments may be used, as in this case, as an aid to maintain or increase the inherent proliferation resistance when performing facility design changes and upgrades.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2013. 23 p.
Keyword
safeguards, proliferation resistance, Generation IV, reprocessing
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Other Physics Topics
Research subject
Physics with specialization in Applied Nuclear Physics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-209098 (URN)
Presentation
(English)
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Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2014-01-21 Created: 2013-10-14 Last updated: 2014-01-21Bibliographically approved

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