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Front end[ edit ] Waste from the front end of the nuclear fuel cycle is usually alpha-emitting waste from the extraction of uranium. It often contains radium and its decay products. Uranium dioxide UO2 concentrate from mining is a thousand or so times as radioactive as the granite used in buildings.
It is refined from yellowcake U3O8then converted to uranium hexafluoride gas UF6. As a gas, it undergoes enrichment to increase the U content from 0. It is then turned into a hard ceramic oxide UO2 for assembly as reactor fuel elements. It is stored, either as UF6 or as U3O8.
Some is used in applications where its extremely high density makes it valuable such as anti-tank shellsand on at least one occasion even a sailboat keel. These isotopes are formed in nuclear reactors. It is important to distinguish the processing of uranium to make fuel from the reprocessing of used fuel.
Used fuel contains the highly radioactive products of fission see high level waste below.
Many of these are neutron absorbers, called neutron poisons in this context. These eventually build up to a level where they absorb so many neutrons that the chain reaction stops, even with the control rods completely removed.
At that point the fuel has to be replaced in the reactor with fresh fuel, even though there is still a substantial quantity of uranium and plutonium present.
In the United States, this used fuel is usually "stored", while in other countries such as Russia, the United Kingdom, France, Japan and India, the fuel is reprocessed to remove the fission products, and the fuel can then be re-used. While these countries reprocess the fuel carrying out single plutonium cycles, India is the only country known to be planning multiple plutonium recycling schemes.
Long-lived fission product Activity of U for three fuel types. In the case of MOX, the U increases for the first thousand years as it is produced by decay of Np which was created in the reactor by absorption of neutrons by U Total activity for three fuel types.
In region 1 we have radiation from short-lived nuclides, and in region 2 from Sr and Cs On the far right we see the decay of Np and U The use of different fuels in nuclear reactors results in different spent nuclear fuel SNF composition, with varying activity curves.
Long-lived radioactive waste from the back end of the fuel cycle is especially relevant when designing a complete waste management plan for SNF.The document is a publication for the Master of Science in , case study of Eenhana Town, Namibia.
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