Sophie Morrison - Supervisor: Dr Geoff Parks
My PhD topic is: The use of thorium (Th) fuelled Light Water Reactors (LWRs) to manage the UK’s plutonium stockpile. I will be looking at the neutronic and thermal-hydraulic feasibility of Th-fuelled, reduced moderation LWRs as well as the performance of thorium-plutonium mixed oxide fuel (Th-Pu MOX) in comparison with uranium-plutonium MOX and direct Pu disposal. I will also be looking at the economic feasibility of future fuel cycle options using Th-MOX fuel.