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Title: Cost and Schedule Estimates for Establishing a Zero Power Critical Testing Capability at the Idaho National Laboratory to Support NASA Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Design Development

Abstract

The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) examined several facilities and their supporting infrastructure, in order to evaluate facilities that are the most cost effective and timely alternative to perform zero-power criticality (ZPC) tests in support of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) system development goals. Seven facilities were evaluated and of these seven, three have been determined to be viable for further evaluation. Of these three facilities, the INL team recommends the PBF 613 building due to availability, floor plan and structure, existing utilities, and other schedule advantages. The cost estimate presented in Section 4 is a rough order of magnitude cost estimate and is based on discussions with subject matter experts, engineering judgement, and previous cost estimates. The estimated range is from $19M to $29.5M. The major cost elements, which are incurred early, are: - Facility upgrades $8M to $16M (i.e. HVAC, Utilities, and Radiation Monitoring and life safety systems) - Fabrication of nuclear material and thin film coupons ($4M to $7M) - Test setup and conduct of test ($10M to $11M). The schedule to perform a ZPC test is presented in Section 5 with a total duration of 43 months. The longest duration is identifiedmore » as the fabrication of uranium fuel and thin plates of 33 months.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. Idaho National Laboratory
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE), Office of Space and Defense Power Systems (NE-75)
OSTI Identifier:
1529904
Report Number(s):
INL/EXT-19-53988-Rev000
DOE Contract Number:  
AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Program Document
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
33 - ADVANCED PROPULSION SYSTEMS; zero-power criticality test; NASA; NASA nuclear thermal propulsion; nuclear thermal propulsion; Zero Power Physics Reactor; Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Design Development

Citation Formats

Reese, Craig L, Burns, Douglas E, and Werner, James E. Cost and Schedule Estimates for Establishing a Zero Power Critical Testing Capability at the Idaho National Laboratory to Support NASA Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Design Development. United States: N. p., 2019. Web.
Reese, Craig L, Burns, Douglas E, & Werner, James E. Cost and Schedule Estimates for Establishing a Zero Power Critical Testing Capability at the Idaho National Laboratory to Support NASA Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Design Development. United States.
Reese, Craig L, Burns, Douglas E, and Werner, James E. Thu . "Cost and Schedule Estimates for Establishing a Zero Power Critical Testing Capability at the Idaho National Laboratory to Support NASA Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Design Development". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1529904.
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title = {Cost and Schedule Estimates for Establishing a Zero Power Critical Testing Capability at the Idaho National Laboratory to Support NASA Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Design Development},
author = {Reese, Craig L and Burns, Douglas E and Werner, James E},
abstractNote = {The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) examined several facilities and their supporting infrastructure, in order to evaluate facilities that are the most cost effective and timely alternative to perform zero-power criticality (ZPC) tests in support of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) system development goals. Seven facilities were evaluated and of these seven, three have been determined to be viable for further evaluation. Of these three facilities, the INL team recommends the PBF 613 building due to availability, floor plan and structure, existing utilities, and other schedule advantages. The cost estimate presented in Section 4 is a rough order of magnitude cost estimate and is based on discussions with subject matter experts, engineering judgement, and previous cost estimates. The estimated range is from $19M to $29.5M. The major cost elements, which are incurred early, are: - Facility upgrades $8M to $16M (i.e. HVAC, Utilities, and Radiation Monitoring and life safety systems) - Fabrication of nuclear material and thin film coupons ($4M to $7M) - Test setup and conduct of test ($10M to $11M). The schedule to perform a ZPC test is presented in Section 5 with a total duration of 43 months. The longest duration is identified as the fabrication of uranium fuel and thin plates of 33 months.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {6}
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