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Title: Use of nuclear energy for bimodal applications in space

Abstract

The versatile bimodal nuclear reactor is proposed for producing space station-keeping power of 100's kW and also capable of bursts of power by ramping to 100's MW for short times to operate high power magnetic systems. The particle bed reactor, using half-millimeter diameter fuel particles immersed in coolant, provides the heat transfer capability needed for this power level. The coolant is a gas when directly coupled to a Brayton Cycle and is particularly responsive. The reactor design uses 37 fuel elements in a triangular pattern held in a cylindrical core. The reactor, radiator and turbo-generator are packaged for insertion into the shuttle cargo bay.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
5555461
Report Number(s):
BNL-38312; CONF-860810-19
ON: DE86014124
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-76CH00016
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Intersociety energy conversion engineering conference, San Diego, CA, USA, 25 Aug 1986
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; SPACE POWER REACTORS; DESIGN; SPACECRAFT POWER SUPPLIES; PEBBLE BED REACTORS; BRAYTON CYCLE; CYLINDRICAL CONFIGURATION; FUEL ELEMENTS; HEAT TRANSFER; POWER RANGE 10-100 KW; REACTOR CORES; CONFIGURATION; ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT; ENERGY TRANSFER; EQUIPMENT; GAS COOLED REACTORS; HOMOGENEOUS REACTORS; MOBILE REACTORS; POWER REACTORS; POWER SUPPLIES; REACTOR COMPONENTS; REACTORS; SOLID HOMOGENEOUS REACTORS; THERMODYNAMIC CYCLES; NESDPS Office of Nuclear Energy Space and Defense Power Systems; 210600* - Power Reactors, Auxiliary, Mobile Package, & Transportable; 210300 - Power Reactors, Nonbreeding, Graphite Moderated

Citation Formats

Horn, F L, Powell, J R, and Ludewig, H. Use of nuclear energy for bimodal applications in space. United States: N. p., 1986. Web.
Horn, F L, Powell, J R, & Ludewig, H. Use of nuclear energy for bimodal applications in space. United States.
Horn, F L, Powell, J R, and Ludewig, H. Wed . "Use of nuclear energy for bimodal applications in space". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/5555461.
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author = {Horn, F L and Powell, J R and Ludewig, H},
abstractNote = {The versatile bimodal nuclear reactor is proposed for producing space station-keeping power of 100's kW and also capable of bursts of power by ramping to 100's MW for short times to operate high power magnetic systems. The particle bed reactor, using half-millimeter diameter fuel particles immersed in coolant, provides the heat transfer capability needed for this power level. The coolant is a gas when directly coupled to a Brayton Cycle and is particularly responsive. The reactor design uses 37 fuel elements in a triangular pattern held in a cylindrical core. The reactor, radiator and turbo-generator are packaged for insertion into the shuttle cargo bay.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1986},
month = {1}
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