Thorium: A Brief History of Discovery and Use

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John H. Kutsch
Vincent R. Lackowski
Stephen A. Boyd, Ph.D.

Thorium Energy Alliance – Web-Based Thorium Encyclopedia
Thorium: A Brief History of Discovery and Use


A short survey of the element Thorium, its history, global reserves, properties, characteristics and uses. 

Attention is paid to the non-nuclear development that involved Thorium throughout the decades, where it often served as a complement in many materials, contributing to their performance characteristics. This survey also delves into thorium’s use as a nuclear fuel since the inception of the nuclear era.   The relevant reactor types and nuclear fuel systems most commonly associated with thorium are reviewed with an overview of current and proposed nuclear applications utilizing thorium as a fuel.