Nuclear management of spent fuel from power reactors

Z. Lovasic,     International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Austria


This chapter considers the types of nuclear reactor and the spent fuel waste produced. The various technologies for spent fuel storage, reprocessing, recycling and disposal are reviewed. The vitrification of high-level radioactive waste (HLW) is described.

Key words

spent nuclear fuel storage


high level nuclear waste

15.1 Types of nuclear reactors and nuclear fuel arisings

Since 1960 when the first commercial pressurized water reactor (PWR) of 250 MWe, Yankee Rowe, designed by Westinghouse, and the boiling water reactor (BWR), designed by General Electric, were put into operation in the USA, ...

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