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burnup

[′bər‚nəp]
(nucleonics)
A measure of nuclear-reactor fuel consumption, expressed either as the percentage of fuel atoms that have undergone fission or as the amount of energy produced per unit weight of fuel.
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The NDA says that although high burn-up has not been used here, its experts believe it is safe and creates no more problems than existing fuels.
Spokesman for the Wales Anti-Nuclear Alliance Hugh Richards said: "Both Westinghouse and Areva are intending to use high burn-up fuel.
Dylan Morgan, spokesman for Pawb, said using high burn-up fuel in a British nuclear reactor represents "totally new ground" and his group is implacably opposed to the development.
The issue of using high burn-up uranium fuel in any possible new reactors is totally new ground for the British nuclear industry.