The Nuclear Fuel Cycle: An Overview

  • Manson Benedict


My purpose today is to give a brief overview of the technology of the nuclear fuel cycle. I shall describe briefly the processes which are now being used and shall venture some opinions about future trends.


Fission Product Fuel Cycle Natural Uranium Nuclear Fuel Cycle Pressurize Water Reactor 
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© University of Tokyo Press 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Manson Benedict
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  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUSA

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