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Managing the Plutonium Surplus : Applications and Technical Options - Richard Garwin

Managing the Plutonium Surplus

Applications and Technical Options

By: Richard Garwin (Editor), M. J. Grubb (Editor), Emma Matanle (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th November 1994
ISBN: 9780792331247
Number Of Pages: 219

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The surplus of plutonium in the world is both an important security issue, and a fact with implications for nuclear energy and environmental policy internationally. The two perspectives are inextricably intertwined in considering options for dealing with the plutonium surplus. It was for this reason that two research programmes at the Royal Institute of International Affairs - respectively on Energy and Environment, and on International Security - jointly approached NATO with a view to organising a work­ shop on the issue. It was most welcome then to learn that the NATO Science Programe was already supporting plans for a workshop on the issue, initiated by Richard Garwin, and we were pleased to accept the resulting invitation to host that workshop. DrGarwin prepared the initial agenda and established contacts and initial approaches to many of the participants; we were able to develop the agenda further and extend participation in some complementary ways. The result was a most lively and broad-ranging internation­ al and inter-disciplinary discussion. As the hosts, the RIIA was also given lead responsibility for producing the pro­ ceedings of the workshop as a publication for NATO. Many of the papers to the work­ shop are more technical than usually involved in a workshop at the Royal Institute. Yet this is an area in which the policy options are unusually dependent upon a good under­ standing of the technical issues. which themselves are often a matter of dispute.

Preface. 1. Technical Interpretation; R.L. Garwin. 2. Explosive Properties of Various Types of Plutonium; R.L. Garwin. 3. Explosive Properties of Various Types of Plutonium; P. Jones. 4. World Inventories of Plutonium; W. Walker. 5. Problems of Russian Plutonium Utilization; E.I. Mikerin, E.G. Kudryavtsev. 6. World Inventories of Civil Plutonium; N. Oi, J. Finucane. 7. Direct Disposal Options for Separated Plutonium; J. Swahn. 8. Management and Disposition of Excess Weapons Plutonium; M. Bunn. 9. The Use of Weapon and Reactor Plutonium in WWER and BN Type Reactors; V.M. Murogov, V.S. Kagramanian, N.S. Rabotnov. 10. Pu Utilisation: Recycling in PWRs and Fast Neutron Reactor Perspective; M. Salvatores. 11. Use of MOX (R-Pu and W-Pu) Fuel in VVER-1000; A.N. Novikov, V.V. Saprykin, A.A. Suslov, A.P. Lazarenko. 12. Disposition of Plutonium from Nuclear Weapons; E.R. Merz. 13. Recycling Warhead Plutonium in Light Water Reactors: the Civil Nuclear Industry can Help; P. Verbeek. 14. Energy over the Centuries: the IFR Options; C.E. Till. 15. Energy over the Centuries: the IFR Options; S. Takeda. 16. Energy from Nuclear Power in the Very Long Term: U-238 and TH-232; M. Grubb. 17. Weapons and Commercial Plutonium Ultimate Disposition Choices -- Destroy 'Completely' or Store 'Forever'; C.D. Bowman. 18. Burning Actinides and Long-Lived Fission Products; A. Suzuki. 19. Plutonium: Secondary Raw Material or Raw Waste? E.V. Gai, N.S. Rabotnov. 20. Plutonium and its Chemical Compounds: the Problem of Nuclear Weapon Non-Proliferation; V.N. Ptitsyna, I.V. Chitaikin, I.L. Shibarshov. 21. Effects of Transmuting Long-Lived Radionuclines on Waste Disposal in a Geological Repository; Jor-Shan Choi, T.H. Pigford. 22. Environmental Impact and Constraints; R. Western. 23. Requirements for Plutonium Transportation, Storage and Accounting Systems; E.I. Mikerin. 24. Security/Safeguard Costs: General Points; R. Howsley. Appendix. Index.

ISBN: 9780792331247
ISBN-10: 0792331249
Series: Nato Science Partnership Subseries: 1
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 219
Published: 30th November 1994
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 17.0  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 1.12