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Title: SNAP 8 reactor and shield

Abstract

SNAP 8 is a nuclear powerplant intended to produce approximately 30 kw of electric power output for use in spacecraft. The system employs a nuclear reactor as the heat source for a mercury Rankine cycle power conversion system. Information is given on the design of the SNAP 8 reactor and shield, the performance requirements, design, weight, and operating characteristics of the SNAP 8 reactor are suramarized and a typical shield is discussed. The effects of spacecraft configuration and payload dose tolerance on shield weight for unmanned spacecraft are discussed. Approximate relationships are presented to facilitate rough estimates of shield weights for preliminary design studies of unmanned spacecraft employing the SNAP 8 reactor. (auth)

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Atomics International, Canoga Park, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC)
OSTI Identifier:
4875647
Report Number(s):
CONF-10-60; Preprint-63033
NSA Number:
NSA-17-033392
DOE Contract Number:  
AT(11-1)-GEN-8
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: AIAA Electric Propulsion Conference, Colorado Springs, CO (United States), 11-13 Mar 1963
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
SPACE APPLICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY; CONFIGURATION; EFFICIENCY; ELECTRICITY; FLUID FLOW; HEAT TRANSFER; HEATING; LIQUID METAL COOLANT; MERCURY; OPERATION; PAYLOAD; PLANNING; POWER; POWER PLANTS; RADIATION DOSES; REACTORS; SHIELDING; SNAP-8 SERIES; SPACE VEHICLES; STEAM; THERMODYNAMICS; WEIGHT; NESDPS Office of Nuclear Energy Space and Defense Power Systems

Citation Formats

Johnson, C. A., and Goetz, C. A. SNAP 8 reactor and shield. United States: N. p., 1963. Web.
Johnson, C. A., & Goetz, C. A. SNAP 8 reactor and shield. United States.
Johnson, C. A., and Goetz, C. A. Fri . "SNAP 8 reactor and shield". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/4875647.
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author = {Johnson, C. A. and Goetz, C. A.},
abstractNote = {SNAP 8 is a nuclear powerplant intended to produce approximately 30 kw of electric power output for use in spacecraft. The system employs a nuclear reactor as the heat source for a mercury Rankine cycle power conversion system. Information is given on the design of the SNAP 8 reactor and shield, the performance requirements, design, weight, and operating characteristics of the SNAP 8 reactor are suramarized and a typical shield is discussed. The effects of spacecraft configuration and payload dose tolerance on shield weight for unmanned spacecraft are discussed. Approximate relationships are presented to facilitate rough estimates of shield weights for preliminary design studies of unmanned spacecraft employing the SNAP 8 reactor. (auth)},
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year = {1963},
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