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Title: THERMAL NEUTRONIC REACTOR

Abstract

A novel thermal reactor was designed in which a first reflector formed from a high atomic weight, nonmoderating material is disposed immediately adjacent to the reactor core. A second reflector composed of a moderating material is disposed outwardly of the first reflector. The advantage of this novel reflector arrangement is that the first reflector provides a high slow neutron flux in the second reflector, where irradiation experiments may be conducted with a small effect on reactor reactivity.

Inventors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Originating Research Org. not identified
OSTI Identifier:
4164322
Patent Number(s):
US 2921007
Assignee:
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission DTIE; NSA-14-016428
NSA Number:
NSA-14-016428
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-60
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
REACTOR TECHNOLOGY; CONFIGURATION; IRRADIATION; MODERATORS; NEUTRON FLUX; PATENT; REACTIVITY; REACTOR CORE; REACTORS; REFLECTORS; THERMAL NEUTRONS; USES

Citation Formats

Spinrad, B.I.. THERMAL NEUTRONIC REACTOR. United States: N. p., 1960. Web.
Spinrad, B.I.. THERMAL NEUTRONIC REACTOR. United States.
Spinrad, B.I.. Tue . "THERMAL NEUTRONIC REACTOR". United States. doi:.
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