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Title: Technology Implementation Plan: Irradiation Testing and Qualification for Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Fuel

Abstract

This document is a notional technology implementation plan (TIP) for the development, testing, and qualification of a prototypic fuel element to support design and construction of a nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) engine, specifically its pre-flight ground test. This TIP outlines a generic methodology for the progression from non-nuclear out-of-pile (OOP) testing through nuclear in-pile (IP) testing, at operational temperatures, flows, and specific powers, of an NTP fuel element in an existing test reactor. Subsequent post-irradiation examination (PIE) will occur in existing radiological facilities. Further, the methodology is intended to be nonspecific with respect to fuel types and irradiation or examination facilities. The goals of OOP and IP testing are to provide confidence in the operational performance of fuel system concepts and provide data to program leadership for system optimization and fuel down-selection. The test methodology, parameters, collected data, and analytical results from OOP, IP, and PIE will be documented for reference by the NTP operator and the appropriate regulatory and oversight authorities. Final full-scale integrated testing would be performed separately by the reactor operator as part of the preflight ground test.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1394367
Report Number(s):
ORNL/TM-2017/376
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS

Citation Formats

Harrison, Thomas J., Howard, Richard H., and Rader, Jordan D.. Technology Implementation Plan: Irradiation Testing and Qualification for Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Fuel. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1394367.
Harrison, Thomas J., Howard, Richard H., & Rader, Jordan D.. Technology Implementation Plan: Irradiation Testing and Qualification for Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Fuel. United States. doi:10.2172/1394367.
Harrison, Thomas J., Howard, Richard H., and Rader, Jordan D.. Fri . "Technology Implementation Plan: Irradiation Testing and Qualification for Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Fuel". United States. doi:10.2172/1394367. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1394367.
@article{osti_1394367,
title = {Technology Implementation Plan: Irradiation Testing and Qualification for Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Fuel},
author = {Harrison, Thomas J. and Howard, Richard H. and Rader, Jordan D.},
abstractNote = {This document is a notional technology implementation plan (TIP) for the development, testing, and qualification of a prototypic fuel element to support design and construction of a nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) engine, specifically its pre-flight ground test. This TIP outlines a generic methodology for the progression from non-nuclear out-of-pile (OOP) testing through nuclear in-pile (IP) testing, at operational temperatures, flows, and specific powers, of an NTP fuel element in an existing test reactor. Subsequent post-irradiation examination (PIE) will occur in existing radiological facilities. Further, the methodology is intended to be nonspecific with respect to fuel types and irradiation or examination facilities. The goals of OOP and IP testing are to provide confidence in the operational performance of fuel system concepts and provide data to program leadership for system optimization and fuel down-selection. The test methodology, parameters, collected data, and analytical results from OOP, IP, and PIE will be documented for reference by the NTP operator and the appropriate regulatory and oversight authorities. Final full-scale integrated testing would be performed separately by the reactor operator as part of the preflight ground test.},
doi = {10.2172/1394367},
journal = {},
number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {Fri Sep 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Fri Sep 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017}
}

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