Thermodynamics of soluble fission products cesium and iodine in the Molten Salt Reactor

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Abstract

The present study describes the full thermodynamic assessment of the Li,Cs,Th//F,I system. The existing database for the relevant fluoride salts considered as fuel for the Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) has been extended with two key fission products, cesium and iodine. A complete evaluation of all the common-ion binary and ternary sub-systems of the LiF-ThF4-CsF-LiI-ThI4-CsI system has been performed and the optimized parameters are presented in this work. New equilibrium data have been measured using Differential Scanning Calorimetry and were used to assess the reciprocal ternary systems and confirm the extrapolated phase diagrams. The developed database significantly contributes to the understanding of the behaviour of cesium and iodine in the MSR, which strongly depends on their concentration and chemical form. Cesium bonded with fluorine is well retained in the fuel mixture while in the form of CsI the solubility of these elements is very limited. Finally, the influence of CsI and CsF on the physico-chemical properties of the fuel mixture was calculated as function of composition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-252
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Volume501
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Cesium
  • Fission products
  • Fluoride salts
  • Iodine
  • Molten Salt Reactor
  • Phase diagrams

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