Abstract

The world's growing need for safe, reliable, and long-term energy sources has intensified the research being conducted in the development of nuclear power. The operation of power reactors is contingent upon the continued availability of the fissile material required to maintain a critic a l reactor. The only naturally occuring fissile material is an isotope of uranium, U-235, which only accounts for 0.76 percent of the uranium that is mined. Due to the relative scarcity of this important fissile material it is estimated the United States' sources of economically recoverable fissile material will be delinquished with in about twenty-five years.^1

Degree

MS

College and Department

Mechanical Engineering

Rights

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Date Submitted

1976-4

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/Letd34

Keywords

Nuclear reactors — Computer programs, Nuclear reactors — Safety measures, Fast reactors

Language

English

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