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NUCLEAR FUEL ASSEMBLY AND RELATED METHODS FOR SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL REPROCESSING AND MANAGEMENT

United States Patent Application

20110317794
A1
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Various embodiments of a nuclear fuel assembly and related methods for processing and managing spent nuclear fuel are disclosed. According to one exemplary embodiment, a nuclear fuel may include a plurality of first fuel rods having a plurality of first fuel elements and a plurality of second fuel rods having a plurality of second fuel elements. Each of the first fuel elements may include uranium dioxide fuel, and each of the second fuel elements may include a plurality of tristructural isotropic fuel particles embedded in a silicon carbide matrix. The plurality of first fuel rods and the plurality of second fuel rods are arranged in a fuel assembly.
VENNERI, Francesco (Los Alamos, NM), SNEAD, Lance Lewis (Knoxville, TN)
13/ 153,371
June 3, 2011
STATEMENT OF FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH [0002] The United States Government has certain rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 between the United States Department of Energy and UT-Battelle, LLC.