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Title: The Very High Temperature Reactor

Abstract

The High Temperature Reactor (HTR) and Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) are types of nuclear power plants that, as the names imply, operate at temperatures above those of the conventional nuclear power plants that currently generate electricity in the US and other countries. Like existing nuclear plants, heat generated from the fission of uranium or plutonium atoms is carried off by a working fluid and can be used generate electricity. The very hot working fluid also enables the VHTR to drive other industrial processes that require high temperatures not achievable by conventional nuclear plants (Figure 1). For this reason, the VHTR is being considered for non-electrical energy applications. The reactor and power conversion system are constructed using special materials that make a core meltdown virtually impossible.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
Sponsoring Org.:
DOE - NE
OSTI Identifier:
1027878
Report Number(s):
INL/JOU-10-17588
TRN: US1105288
DOE Contract Number:
DE-AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Nuclear Energy Encyclopedia: Science, Technology, and Applications; Journal Volume: Chapter 26
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; 21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; ATOMS; ELECTRICITY; FISSION; HOT WORKING; MELTDOWN; NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS; PLUTONIUM; URANIUM; WORKING FLUIDS; VHTR+TDO+NGNP+HTGR+LWR+HTR+Fuel

Citation Formats

Hans D. Gougar, and David A. Petti. The Very High Temperature Reactor. United States: N. p., 2011. Web.
Hans D. Gougar, & David A. Petti. The Very High Temperature Reactor. United States.
Hans D. Gougar, and David A. Petti. Wed . "The Very High Temperature Reactor". United States. doi:.
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author = {Hans D. Gougar and David A. Petti},
abstractNote = {The High Temperature Reactor (HTR) and Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) are types of nuclear power plants that, as the names imply, operate at temperatures above those of the conventional nuclear power plants that currently generate electricity in the US and other countries. Like existing nuclear plants, heat generated from the fission of uranium or plutonium atoms is carried off by a working fluid and can be used generate electricity. The very hot working fluid also enables the VHTR to drive other industrial processes that require high temperatures not achievable by conventional nuclear plants (Figure 1). For this reason, the VHTR is being considered for non-electrical energy applications. The reactor and power conversion system are constructed using special materials that make a core meltdown virtually impossible.},
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journal = {Nuclear Energy Encyclopedia: Science, Technology, and Applications},
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volume = Chapter 26,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Jun 01 00:00:00 EDT 2011},
month = {Wed Jun 01 00:00:00 EDT 2011}
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