Date: Winter 2011-2012
I am doing a research project on the integral fast reactor, developed at Argonne. I understand that a big part of the IFR concept is that the reactor's waste is reprocessed. Throughout my research, I have come across the mentioning of "pyroprocessing." Could you explain what pyroprocessing is, and how it works?
Here is an excellent article that explains pyroprocessing of nuclear fuel:
Please refer to paragraph 3.2 of this article to see a description of
More credible references can be found by going to http://www.google.com and
searching on the word "pyroprocessing."
We do not have a general non-technical write-up on pyroprocessing but by searching “nuclear reprocessing” in Wikipedia it gives a general description of the technology and a few links. I have also included a few Argonne web-links that may be useful:
A general but more technical paper on pyroprocess development for the IFR is also attached.
I hope these help.
Roger N. Blomquist, PhD
Nuclear Engineering Division
Argonne National Laboratory
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