Chapter 10. 20 Years of Production of UO2 by the Integrated Dry Route–A BNFL Perspective on Dry Conversion
- John B. Wachtman Jr.
Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
Copyright © 1993 The American Ceramics Society
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
- Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
- Published Print: 1 JAN 1993
Print ISBN: 9780470375280
Online ISBN: 9780470314272
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.