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Title: Tory II-A: a nuclear ramjet test reactor

Abstract

Declassified 28 Nov 1973. The first test reactor in the Pluto program, leading to development of a nuclear ramjet engine, is called Tory II-A. While it is not an actual prototype engine, this reactor embodies a core design which is considered feasible for an engine, and operation of the reactor will provide a test of that core type as well as more generalized values in reactor design and testing. The design of Tory II-A and construction of the reactor and of its test facility are described. Operation of the Tory II-A core at a total power of 160 megawatts, with 800 pounds of air per second passing through the core and emerging at a temperature of 2000 deg F, is the central objective of the test program. All other reactor and facility components exist to support operation of the core, and preliminary steps in the test program itself will be directed primarily toward ensuring attalnment of full-power operation and collection of meaningful data on core behavior during that operation. The core, 3 feet in diameter and 41/2 feet long, will be composed of bundled ceramic tubes whose central holes will provide continuous air passages from end to end of themore » reactor. These tubes are to be composed of a homogeneous mixture of UO/sub 2/ fuel and BeO moderator, compacted and sintered to achieve high strength and density. (30 references) (auth)« less

Authors:
 [1]
  1. (ed.)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
California Univ., Livermore (USA). Lawrence Livermore Lab.
OSTI Identifier:
4333232
Report Number(s):
UCRL-5484
NSA Number:
NSA-29-020157
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Declassified 28 Nov 1973. Orig. Receipt Date: 30-JUN-74
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
N77800* -Reactors-Space, Mobile, Propulsion, Transportation & Package Reactors; *TORY-2C REACTOR- REACTOR KINETICS; PERFORMANCE TESTING; REACTOR MATERIALS; THERMODYNAMICS

Citation Formats

Hadley, J.W. Tory II-A: a nuclear ramjet test reactor. United States: N. p., 1959. Web. doi:10.2172/4333232.
Hadley, J.W. Tory II-A: a nuclear ramjet test reactor. United States. doi:10.2172/4333232.
Hadley, J.W. Sun . "Tory II-A: a nuclear ramjet test reactor". United States. doi:10.2172/4333232. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/4333232.
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title = {Tory II-A: a nuclear ramjet test reactor},
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abstractNote = {Declassified 28 Nov 1973. The first test reactor in the Pluto program, leading to development of a nuclear ramjet engine, is called Tory II-A. While it is not an actual prototype engine, this reactor embodies a core design which is considered feasible for an engine, and operation of the reactor will provide a test of that core type as well as more generalized values in reactor design and testing. The design of Tory II-A and construction of the reactor and of its test facility are described. Operation of the Tory II-A core at a total power of 160 megawatts, with 800 pounds of air per second passing through the core and emerging at a temperature of 2000 deg F, is the central objective of the test program. All other reactor and facility components exist to support operation of the core, and preliminary steps in the test program itself will be directed primarily toward ensuring attalnment of full-power operation and collection of meaningful data on core behavior during that operation. The core, 3 feet in diameter and 41/2 feet long, will be composed of bundled ceramic tubes whose central holes will provide continuous air passages from end to end of the reactor. These tubes are to be composed of a homogeneous mixture of UO/sub 2/ fuel and BeO moderator, compacted and sintered to achieve high strength and density. (30 references) (auth)},
doi = {10.2172/4333232},
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place = {United States},
year = {1959},
month = {11}
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