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Fission yield of fission products

  1. Jan 11, 2010 #1
    Does anyone know where to find fission products' fission yield data of APWR and PBMR?
     
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  3. Jan 15, 2010 #2
    Fission product yield is primarily a function of two things:

    1. The type of fissile nuclide
    2. The energetics of the compound nucleus post-absorption and pre-fission.

    As far as I know, both the APWR and PBMR will still use U-235 as its primary fissile nuclide. They may be in unique geometries or forms (e.g. PBMR's TRISO fuel kernels), but in general, for commercial applications, U-235 enrichment would still be very low. Consequently, the distribution of fissile materials, including the transuranic elements produced during operation, will probably be the same as current LWR's.

    For U-235, the fission yield curve is the double hump curve with maximum frequencies at around atomic masses of 90 and 140. The depth of the valley in between depends on the stored energy of the compound nucleus. In general, fissions induced by thermal neutrons demonstrate a very shallow valley, whereas fast neutrons will render the double peaks less distinguishable. APWR and PBMR are all thermal reactors.

    So, unless future designs dictate a more exotic fuel (e.g. MOX, actinide fuel) or a faster neutron spectrum, the double hump fission yield is a good approximation.

    You can find the curve on wiki or any introductory nuclear engineering textbook.
     
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  4. Jan 15, 2010 #3

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    The fission yield of the APWR or AP1000 would be similar that of fuel for the standard 17x17 PWR, which should be well published.

    The PMBR should be closer to that of an AGR.
     
  5. Jan 16, 2010 #4
    @Sourceless: I need numbers, not just curve, and as you said that in wiki and textbook, they only provide the curve.

    @Astronuc: I've been searching with APWR as keyword, I guess I should use PWR instead, thanks for the tips.
     
  6. Jan 17, 2010 #5

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    Presumably one needs this as a function of burnup?

    In LWRs and AGRs, as the U-235 depletes and U-238 is converted to Pu-239, fissions from Pu-239 increase.
     
  7. Jan 17, 2010 #6

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  8. Jan 17, 2010 #7
    @Astronuc: well, actually I need this data to calculate how much toxicity from fission product on a fuel of APWR and PBMR

    @Xnn: thanks, but on the link, the data are unspecific for a particular nuclear reactor, I'm still searching on for the specific ones.
     
  9. Jan 17, 2010 #8

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    friendboy;

    Read message #2
     
  10. Jan 24, 2010 #9

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  11. Jan 26, 2010 #10
    Thanks guys for the links and the explanations :)
     
  12. Jan 30, 2010 #11
    For background information see:
    http://www.nucleonica.net/wiki/index.php/Help:Fission_Products_and_Yields [Broken]

    On the Nucleonica website (www.nucleonica.net), there is a fission yield module with which you can obtain tables of data. These can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet.

    For your PWR reactors, look at the fissioning of U-235 with thermal neutrons.
     
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