(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A breeder reactor is designed to work on a thorium fuel cycle. If the reactor generates a constant thermal power of 2.5GW and a production rate of^{233}U is 52kg per year. Find the breeding Ratio

[You may assume the capture to fission ratio of^{233}U is 0.09 and the energy released per fission is 197.9Mev.]

2. Relevant equations

Breeding Ratio= number of fissile nuclei produced/ number of fissile nuclei consumed

3. The attempt at a solution

I really don't know how to go about solving this problem.

I would assume that the capture to fission ratio is important.

The fission of one atom of U-233 generates 197.9 MeV = 3.171 × 10−11 J, i.e. 19.09 TJ/mol = 81.95 TJ/kg.

Then multiply by 0.91 and calculate the energy from fission of 52kg.

81.95 TJ/kg x 52kg x 0.91=3.88x10^{15}J per year

Also reactor produces 2.5GW so I can see this is also really important but get the feeling I am missing something simple as this is the 1st question on a past paper.

Any help really appreciated

Thanks

Lewis

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# Homework Help: Breeding Ratio of thorium fuel cycle

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