Nuclear Engineering Division

Nuclear Chemical Engineering

Closing the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Developing Chemical Process Models

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Candido Pereira

A key research thrust has been the development of detailed models of the chemistry of aqueous processes, which is the basis for their design. These models are incorporated into codes that generate process flowsheets and equipment designs that in turn feed into an overall plant design. As chemical data and process concepts are developed, the codes are refined to incorporate new findings. Argonne is also heading the effort to apply advanced computational techniques to the design of processes like UREX+ and to ensure that the facilities are safe and secure.

The AMUSE code models extraction processes based on chemically rigorous equilibrium models

The AMUSE code models extraction processes based on chemically rigorous equilibrium models. The code has been used as the basis for process designs based on the UREX+ processes. Chemical process codes like AMUSE have also been integrated with process plant models to optimize their operations and to design advanced safeguards systems). Click on image to view larger size image.