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Energy Engineering Seminar: Vincenzo Rondinella

Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 12:20pm to 1:10pm

Olin Hall, 255

Harnessing Nuclear Energy: Optimizing Performance and Safety of Nuclear Fuel

Good performance and intrinsic safety are inseparable, necessary attributes for the successful operation of nuclear fuel in the core of a nuclear reactor and for spent fuel and waste management thereafter. In the current nuclear reactor systems, only a limited fraction of the energy theoretically obtainable from the nuclear fuel is harnessed. Advanced systems are tested, aiming at increasing the actual "consumption" of the fuel while reducing the dependence on natural uranium resources and the footprint of the high level waste geological repository. This seminar will highlight some of the options available and/or under study, focusing on the main features which affect performance and safety of selected fuel compounds.

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