|MadSci Network: Physics|
As you know the repository for storing nuclear fuel rods has run into problems, though as long as know other options exist I suppose there is no other choice but to through money at the problem and hope for the best. I wonder if it might not be better to extend the life of the nuclear fuel bundle??? 2% enriched uranium has a half life of several thousand years. Nuclear weapons grade, about six months without careful maintenance. This brings us to an old idea. Recycling spent rods using neutron bombardment. In the neutron bomb I believe one of the components is Lithium-13. Now as to my query. I would like to know if it would be possible to construct a rod to serve as a neutron source, which in turn would extend the life of nuclear fuel bundles without increasing the grade of the uranium??? Sincerely A. Davidson Galaxo@erols.com
Re: A possible approach to the reduction of nuclear waste.
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