volume 236, issue 5-6, P502-509 2006
DOI: 10.1016/j.nucengdes.2005.11.018
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Abstract: AbstractThe future of all reactors will depend on whether they can be economically built and operated. One of the major impediments to new nuclear construction is the capital costs due in large part to the length of construction time and complexity of the plant. Pebble bed reactors offer the opportunity to reduce the complexity of the plant because the number of safety systems required is significantly reduced due to the inherent safety of the technology, However, because of its small size the capital cost pe…

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