Chapter 10. 20 Years of Production of UO2 by the Integrated Dry Route–A BNFL Perspective on Dry Conversion

  1. John B. Wachtman Jr.
  1. S. E. Ion and
  2. R. H. Watson

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470314272.ch10

A Collection of Papers on Engineering Aspects of Fabrication of Ceramics: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 14, Issue 11/12

A Collection of Papers on Engineering Aspects of Fabrication of Ceramics: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 14, Issue 11/12

How to Cite

Ion, S. E. and Watson, R. H. (1993) 20 Years of Production of UO2 by the Integrated Dry Route–A BNFL Perspective on Dry Conversion, in A Collection of Papers on Engineering Aspects of Fabrication of Ceramics: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 14, Issue 11/12 (ed J. B. Wachtman), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470314272.ch10

Author Information

  1. British Nuclear Fuels plc, Springfields Works Salwick, Preston, PR4 OXJ, England

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1993

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470375280

Online ISBN: 9780470314272

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Keywords:

  • uranium;
  • pyrohydrolyzed;
  • dioxide;
  • morphology;
  • atmosphere

Summary

British Nuclear Fuels plc (BNFL) has been involved with the conversion of UF6 to ceramic-grade UO2 since the late 1960s. Development work led to the introduction of the integrated dry route (IDR), a process that involves the direct conversion of UF6 to UO2 in a single-stage rotary kiln. It forms the cornerstone of BNFL's New Oxide Fuel Complex, due on stream in 1994-95. This paper summarizes key points arising from the 20-year history of the process: the consistency and reliability of the product, its performance from a fuel fabricator's viewpoint, and developments made to improve the process since its introduction.