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===Reactor Physics/Fuel Cycle===
===Reactor Physics/Fuel Cycle===
* Oklo (Gabon) natural reactor - Natural materials:
* Natural materials available:
** Uranium. Terrestrial uranium ore of this epoch tends toward a 99.284%/0.711%/0.0058% <sup>238</sup>/<sup>235</sup>/<sup>234</sup>U split.
** Uranium. Terrestrial uranium ore of this epoch tends toward a 99.284%/0.711%/0.0058% <sup>238</sup>U/<sup>235</sup>U/<sup>234</sup>U split.
** Thorium. For all purposes, entirely <sup>232</sup>Th (look at the half-lives).
** Thorium. For all purposes, entirely <sup>232</sup>Th (look at the half-lives).
* No point in breeding up from lower Z's than <sup>232</sup>Th - No meaningful sources of other actinides
* Neutron moderators - fueling - MOX - breeders - feedbacks - inherently safe designs
* Neutron moderators - fueling - MOX - breeders - feedbacks - inherently safe designs
** Moderate to take advantage of upscaled W<sub>fis</sub> function. Keep this in mind for "hydrides" below...
** Moderate to take advantage of upscaled W<sub>fis</sub> function. Keep this in mind for "hydrides" below...
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* Project Plowshare - Project Orion - Atoms for Peace - Project Rover
* Project Plowshare - Project Orion - Atoms for Peace - Project Rover
* Testing - test detection - treaties
* Testing - test detection - treaties
* Criticality accidents - Weapon accidents
* Criticality accidents - Weapon accidents - Oklo (Gabon) natural reactor
==See Also==
==See Also==
* Carey Sublette's [http://nuclearweaponarchive.org Nuclear Weapon Archive] is peerless and the starting point for any research
* Carey Sublette's [http://nuclearweaponarchive.org Nuclear Weapon Archive] is peerless and the starting point for any research