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Title: NEUTRONIC REACTOR

Abstract

A reactor of the type which preferably uses plutonium as the fuel and a liquid moderator, preferably ordinary water, and which produces steam within the reactor core due to the heat of the chain reaction is described. In the reactor shown the fuel elements are essentially in the form of trays and are ventically stacked in spaced relationship. The water moderator is continuously supplied to the trays to maintain a constant level on the upper surfaces of the fuel element as it is continually evaporated by the heat. The steam passes out through the spaces between the fuel elements and is drawn off at the top of the core. The fuel elements are clad in aluminum to prevent deterioration thereof with consequent contamimation of the water.

Inventors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Originating Research Org. not identified
OSTI Identifier:
4321416
Patent Number(s):
US 2809157
Assignee:
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission DTIE; NSA-12-004638
NSA Number:
NSA-12-004638
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-58
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
PATENTS; ALUMINUM; CHAIN REACTIONS; CONFIGURATION; CONTAMINATION; EVAPORATION; FUEL CANS; FUEL ELEMENTS; LIQUIDS; MODERATORS; MULTIPLICATION FACTORS; PATENT; PLUTONIUM; REACTOR CORE; REACTORS; STEAM; SURFACES; WATER

Citation Formats

Metcalf, H.E. NEUTRONIC REACTOR. United States: N. p., 1957. Web.
Metcalf, H.E. NEUTRONIC REACTOR. United States.
Metcalf, H.E. Tue . "NEUTRONIC REACTOR". United States. doi:.
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abstractNote = {A reactor of the type which preferably uses plutonium as the fuel and a liquid moderator, preferably ordinary water, and which produces steam within the reactor core due to the heat of the chain reaction is described. In the reactor shown the fuel elements are essentially in the form of trays and are ventically stacked in spaced relationship. The water moderator is continuously supplied to the trays to maintain a constant level on the upper surfaces of the fuel element as it is continually evaporated by the heat. The steam passes out through the spaces between the fuel elements and is drawn off at the top of the core. The fuel elements are clad in aluminum to prevent deterioration thereof with consequent contamimation of the water.},
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place = {United States},
year = {Tue Oct 01 00:00:00 EDT 1957},
month = {Tue Oct 01 00:00:00 EDT 1957}
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