Patent Number: 8,576,972

Title: Radioisotope production structures, fuel assemblies having the same, and methods of using the same

Abstract: Example embodiments are directed to tie plate attachments having irradiation targets and/or fuel assemblies having example embodiment tie plate attachments with irradiation targets and methods of using the same to generate radioisotopes. Example embodiment tie plate attachments may include a plurality of retention bores that permit irradiation targets to be contained in the retention bores. Irradiation targets may be irradiated in an operating nuclear core including the fuel assemblies, generating radioisotopes that may be harvested from the spent nuclear fuel assembly by removing example embodiment tie plate attachments.

Inventors: Smith; David Grey (Leland, NC), Russell, II; William Earl (Wilmington, NC)

Assignee: GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas LLC

International Classification: G21C 19/20 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/05/12017