Indian Interest in Fluoride Reactors?
I have found some old documents from the early 1970s that seem to indicate that Indian nuclear scientists were working with ORNL personnel on liquid-fluoride reactors. What initiated this interest or ultimately terminated it I do not know. Perhaps someone who knows more about the Indian nuclear program might offer some insight into what is in these documents.
Considering the Indian reserves of thorium, it would not be hard to understand why they might be interested in a reactor that could fully consume them. What perplexes me in the documents is their focus on starting the fluoride reactors with plutonium, which as I have noted previously, is a rather “dirty” way to start the reactor (leads to a lot more transuranic production than the alternatives).