Actinide-zirconia based materials for nuclear applications: Cubic stabilized zirconia versus pyrochlore oxide

Raison, P. E.; Haire, R. G.
July 2000
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 532 Issue 1, p171
Academic Journal
Concepts about nuclear energy and nuclear materials have changed considerably over the past six decades. Regardless of one’s position on the nuclear generation of electric power, there are serious needs for pursuing fundamental and technological science of existing actinide materials. These needs are best addressed by obtaining an atomic and molecular understanding of these actinides and actinide containing materials. Although electro-nuclear energy is considered less polluting in terms of uncontrolled releases (e.g., SO[sub 2], heavy metals, CO[sub 2], etc.) into the environment, its use produces solid wastes, which offer a challenge for scientists. Fortunately, concepts are being developed to appropriately handle these materials after irradiation, reprocessing, etc. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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