ATW System Impact on High-Level Waste

by E. D. Arthur, Los Alamos Natl Lab, Los Alamos, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1993


Criteria are developed for transmutation system impact on HLW storage that are related to intrusion and long-term risk reduction. Thermal reactor, fast reactor, and accelerator-driven, intense thermal neutron systems (characteristics of the Accelerator Transmutation of Waste (ATW) concept are analyzed in the context of this criteria. From this analysis, accelerator-driven intense thermal neutron systems appear uniquely suited for simultaneously achieving rapid transuranic actinide reductions and as well as having capabilities for transmuting a large fractions of long-lived fission products in high-level nuclear waste (HLW).

Subject Headings: Thermal analysis | Waste management | Waste storage | Thermal properties | Waste treatment | Radioactive wastes | Energy storage | System analysis

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