Accession Number : AD0422953

Title :   ECONOMICS OF ZIRCONIUM ALLOY VERSUS STAINLESS STEEL NUCLEAR FUEL SHEATHING,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Trapp,D. L.

Report Date : NOV 1963

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : Conclusions: Increasing the uranium carrying charge from 4.75%/yr to 12%/yr raises the fuelcycle cost by about 0.5 mill/kwhe with stainlesssteel cladding and 0.25 mill/kwhe with zircaloy. The optimum burnup becomes lower with higher carrying charges. For all cost bases, fuelcycle costs with zircaloy are appreciable lower than with stainless steel. The difference is greater when uranium is purchased than when leased. However, zircaloy might not have this advantage if thin-walled rather than freestanding cladding were used. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS, ECONOMICS), (*ZIRCONIUM ALLOYS, REACTOR FUEL CLADDING), (*STAINLESS STEEL, REACTOR FUEL CLADDING), ELECTRIC POWER PRODUCTION, COSTS, REACTOR FUELS, PROCESSING, URANIUM

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE