February 15, 2024
Conference Paper

Modeling Non-UO2 Fuel With UNF-ST&DARDS


The U.S. Department of Energy’s Used Nuclear Fuel-Storage, Transportation & Disposal Analysis Resource and Data System (UNF-ST&DARDS) provides an easy-to-use interface to analyze irradiated UO2 fuel by allowing all analysis to be performed within the software and being able to store and use dozens of fuel assembly, canister, and cask designs [1]. However, performing these same analyses with non-UO2 fuel, such as UN or U3Si2, requires more user intervention in the process. This work uses UN, UN-ZrO2, and U3Si2 fuel to demonstrate how to perform criticality analyses in the current versions of UNF-ST&DARDS and how a non-UO2 fuel will compare to UO2. This work is part of a larger effort that also includes shielding and thermal analyses, but they will not be discussed.

Published: February 15, 2024


Ivanusa P., J.B. Clarity, and S.T. Arm. 2023. Modeling Non-UO2 Fuel With UNF-ST&DARDS. In Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 128, 91-94. Downers Grove, Illinois:American Nuclear Society. PNNL-SA-181629.

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