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Fuel element design for the enhanced destruction of plutonium in a nuclear reactor

United States Patent

5,887,044
March 23, 1999
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A uranium-free fuel for a fast nuclear reactor comprising an alloy of Pu, Zr and Hf, wherein Hf is present in an amount less than about 10% by weight of the alloy. The fuel may be in the form of a Pu alloy surrounded by a Zr--Hf alloy or an alloy of Pu--Zr--Hf or a combination of both.
Crawford; Douglas C. (Idaho Falls, ID), Porter; Douglas L. (Idaho Falls, ID), Hayes; Steven L. (Idaho Falls, ID), Hill; Robert N. (Bolingbrook, IL)
The United States of America as respresented by the United States Department of Energy (Washington, DC)
08/ 922,019
September 2, 1997
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. W-31-109-ENG-38 between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and The University of Chicago representing Argonne National Laboratory.