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Published on Jan 24, 2013
Today's reactor technologies depend on solid fuel rods leading to a complex fuel cycle. The operation of liquid-fueled homogeneous reactors (i.e. molten-salt reactors) leads to a tradeoff between optimal fuel processing and coolant handling.
The Dual Fluid Reactor (DFR), developed by the Institut für Festkörper-Kernphysik gGmbH (Institute for Solid-State Nuclear Physics), combines the advantages of a lead-cooled fast reactor with the fuel processing capabilities of the molten-salt reactor, gaining a very high level in safety and economy. The DFR is being designed with respect to the Energy Return on Invested (EROI) measure and passive safety standards according to the KISS principle and with attention to the state of technology in mechanical, plant and chemical engineering for a speedy implementation.