THE NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE
Studies the entire nuclear fuel cycle, beginning with the mining of uranium ores and progressing through the chemical and physical processes supporting enrichment, subsequent chemical conversion to uranium dioxide, and design and fabrication of fuel assemblies for use in a power reactor core. Aspects associated with fuel core management, operation and utilization in the reactor core along with the regulatory licensing requirements are presented. Following fuel operation the areas of fuel onsite handling, transportation of spent nuclear fuel and options for diverse long term secure storage are reviewed and evaluated. Reprocessing and recycling are discussed which includes fuel resource utilization, proliferation control, and waste volume minimization. Discussion of regulatory issues completes the picture, enabling the student to understand not only the processes, economics and industry drivers, but also the benefits and issues that have been addressed with nuclear power generation. In all phases of the cycle, the student is acquainted with the quantitative techniques and methods employed in the nuclear fuel cycle.