Influence of High Burn Up Nuclear Fuel and MOX on the High Level Reprocessing Waste Management

by J. Malherbe, IRDI/DERDCA, France,
P. Maynadier, IRDI/DERDCA, France,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


This paper compares characteristics of high level waste issued from the reprocessing of high burn up fuel (HTC) and mixed oxide (U-Pu)O2 fuel (MOX) with the reprocessing waste of standard PWR fuel. The alpha activity, thermal power, oxides contents of fission products and actinides lead to adapt the conditioning of waste with these new characteristics. The existing specifications could lead to increase the volume of conditioned waste. It is examined how the waste management is influenced by these types of fuel and the futur improvements in the conditioning.

Subject Headings: Fuels | Radioactive wastes | Waste management | Thermal power | Thermal properties | Waste treatment | Nuclear reactors | Gamma function | France | Europe

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