Plant Concepts and Mechanisms

  • Masakazu IchimiyaEmail author
Part of the An Advanced Course in Nuclear Engineering book series (ACNE, volume 8)


This chapter introduces the required functions of the FR, namely, to breed fuel and reduce the toxicity of high-level radioactive waste. It also describes the mechanism of how this is achieved using plutonium and fast neutrons. The use of fast neutrons requires the use of liquid metal sodium as the core coolant. Sodium is also used to transport heat from the reactor core to the steam turbine which results in a unique design condition under which the entire plant becomes a elevated-temperature, low-pressure system.


Fast Reactor Fast Neutron Steam Generator Neutron Capture Reactor Core 
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    Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Feasibility study on commercialized fast reactor cycle systems, Technical Study Report of Phase II-(1) Fast Reactor Plant Systems, JAEA-Research 2006-042, April 2006Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of FukuiFukuiJapan

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