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Looking for a particular graphic.

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Dear readers;

There’s a certain image that I’ve seen when browsing the web before which I found useful. I’m trying to find this image again, but haven’t seen any success in finding it again.

It’s a pie chart which shows the physical composition of typical used LWR nuclear fuel, showing a breakdown of x % uranium, y % Zircaloy cladding, z % hardware, w % fission products and so forth. This was notable in that it included the portion of the fuel element’s mass which is the cladding and hardware, not just the uranium oxide fuel matrix itself.

Does anybody recognise the graph I’m referring to, and know where to find it online?

Regards.

Written by Luke Weston

March 25, 2009 at 12:52 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Luke, I think I’ve got what you’re looking for–fire me off an email.

    Kirk Sorensen

    March 25, 2009 at 2:39 am

  2. and a slightly more detailed pie chart from the same study here:

    http://www.ornl.gov/~webworks/cppr/y2001/pres/120504.pdf

    and a research paper

    http://www.ornl.gov/~webworks/cppr/y2001/misc/125539.pdf

    Gianfranco Unali

    March 26, 2009 at 1:42 pm

  3. Luke, are you aware that your blog has gone all italcky?

    Finrod

    March 27, 2009 at 1:38 pm

  4. You have an extra ’em’ tag in “showing a breakdown of x % uranium…”

    noname

    March 28, 2009 at 5:25 am

  5. something wrong here. comments don’t always show up.
    if someone knows luke’s email address would they please forward these links to him?

    #

    have a look at these slides, is this what you were looking for?

    http://gcep.stanford.edu/pdfs/UVaodfDrAb3BdgeRCpoy-w/15-Collins-GCEP-Workshop.pdf

    and

    http://www.cresp.org/crespIII/NIP_presentations/WYMER_VanderbiltNuclearIntegrationProjectWorkshop_3_3_4_2008.pdf

    hope this helps.

    Comment by Gianfranco Unali | March 26, 2009
    #

    and a slightly more detailed pie chart from the same study here:

    http://www.ornl.gov/~webworks/cppr/y2001/pres/120504.pdf

    and a research paper

    http://www.ornl.gov/~webworks/cppr/y2001/misc/125539.pdf

    Comment by Gianfranco Unali | March 26, 2009

    Gianfranco Unali

    April 1, 2009 at 9:45 am

  6. Sorry about that confusion Gianfranco, the comments do show up, they just go into the queue for moderator approval, and I have been forgetting to check that lately so there is a little bit of a backlog.

    Thanks for your help, that’s quite useful.🙂

    Luke Weston

    April 20, 2009 at 9:36 am


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