Cursory First Look at the Molten Chloride Fast Reactor as an Alternative to the Conventional BATR Concept
Eric H .Ottewitte
INEL is presently studying the design and feasibility of a Broad Application _Testing Reactor (BATR) which would eventually replace the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at INEL . A Molten Chloride Fast Reactor(MCFR) concept with its very fast neutron spectrum in an annular core would engender high neutron fluxes, driving inner and outer thermal neutron flux traps, each variable in size and neutron energy spectrum. Continuous processing and refueling would minimize reactor downtime. Absence of fuel elements and associated structures should maximize test space and facilitate access thereto.
This paper collates forty years of worldwide experience with molten salt reactors, compiling the unique pluses and minuses of such a reactor. In addition, it reports, advice of co-members of a current international molten salt consortium