Atomic Energy

, Volume 102, Issue 5, pp 353–360 | Cite as

Optimal fuel utilization during decommissioning of nuclear power plants with RBMK reactors

  • A. M. Fedosov


When RBMK reactors are decommissioned successively in the same nuclear power plant, part of the fuel of the stopped reactors can be transferred to other units and additionally burned in continuing operations. The problem of minimizing the consumption of fresh fuel by optimal distribution of the additionally burned fuel over the reactors is examined. The limitations on the refueling rates, the holding time of fuel assemblies prior to transfer, the service life of fuel assemblies, and certain characteristics of reactors are taken into account.

It is shown that the reuse of fuel in other units permits saving from one to almost two thousand fresh fuel assemblies and that the effect of optimizing the additional burn regime can reach several hundreds of saved fuel assemblies.


Nuclear Power Plant Fuel Assembly Optimal Regime RBMK Reactor Maximum Energy Production 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. M. Fedosov
    • 1
  1. 1.Russian Science Center Kurchatov InstituteRussia

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