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Proliferation-Resistant Nuclear Reactor

United States Patent Application

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Proliferation-resistant nuclear reactors are disclosed according to some aspects. In one embodiment the proliferation-resistant nuclear reactor comprises a plurality of spherically-shaped micro-fuel elements (MFEs), each comprising a MFE core having one or more fuel kernels, a buffer external to the fuel kernels, and one or more coatings external to the MFE core providing corrosion resistance, erosion resistance, fission product containment, or a combination thereof. The MFEs are not suspended in a solid material and each MFE is sized such that its delay time is less than its accident time. The nuclear reactor further comprises a reactor core containing at least a portion of the plurality of MEs, wherein the reactor core is configured for cross-flow of a coolant.
Tsiklauri, Georgi V. (Los Angeles, CA), Talbert, Robert J. (Kennewick, WA), Waltar, Alan E. (Peshastin, WA), Shea, Thomas E. (West Richard, WA), Newman, Darrell F. (Richland, WA), Little Jr., Winston W. (Richland, WA)
Battelle Memorial Institute
11/ 996,872
July 27, 2006
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0001] This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC0576RLO1830 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.