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Title: Energy production using fission fragment rockets

Abstract

Fission fragment rockets are nuclear reactors with a core consisting of thin fibers in a vacuum, and which use magnetic fields to extract the fission fragments from the reactor core. As an alternative to ordinary nuclear reactors, fission fragment rockets would have the following advantages: Approximately twice as efficient if one can directly convert the fission fragment energy into electricity; by reducing the buildup of a fission fragment inventory in the reactor one could avoid a Chernobyl type disaster; and collecting the fission fragments outside the reactor could simplify the waste disposal problem. 6 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE; USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
6017644
Report Number(s):
UCRL-JC-107357; CONF-910626-14
ON: DE92002192
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 6. international conference on emerging nuclear energy systems, Monterey, CA (United States), 16-21 Jun 1991
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; 22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; FISSION FRAGMENTS; POWER GENERATION; NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS; AMERICIUM 242; CURIUM 245; FIBERS; FISSILE MATERIALS; MAGNETIC FIELDS; PLUTONIUM 239; RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL; REACTOR PHYSICS; SPACE PROPULSION REACTORS; URANIUM 235; ACTINIDE ISO; ACTINIDE ISOTOPES; ACTINIDE NUCLEI; ALPHA DECAY RADIOISOTOPES; AMERICIUM ISOTOPES; BETA DECAY RADIOISOTOPES; BETA-MINUS DECAY RADIOISOTOPES; CURIUM ISOTOPES; ELECTRON CAPTURE RADIOISOTOPES; EVEN-ODD NUCLEI; FISSIONABLE MATERIALS; HEAVY NUCLEI; HOURS LIVING RADIOISOTOPES; INTERNAL CONVERSION RADIOISOTOPES; ISOMERIC TRANSITION; ISOMERIC TRANSITION ISOTOPES; ISOTOPES; MANAGEMENT; MATERIALS; MINUTES LIVING RADIOISOTOPES; MOBILE REACTORS; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; NUCLEAR FRAGMENTS; NUCLEI; PHYSICS; PLUTONIUM ISOTOPES; POWER PLANTS; POWER REACTORS; PROPULSION REACTORS; RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT; RADIOISOTOPES; REACTORS; SPACE POWER REACTORS; SPONTANEOUS FISSION RADIOISOTOPES; THERMAL POWER PLANTS; URANIUM ISOTOPES; WASTE DISPOSAL; WASTE MANAGEMENT; YEARS LIVING RADIOISOTOPES; NESDPS Office of Nuclear Energy Space and Defense Power Systems; 220600* - Nuclear Reactor Technology- Research, Test & Experimental Reactors; 220100 - Nuclear Reactor Technology- Theory & Calculation

Citation Formats

Chapline, G, and Matsuda, Y. Energy production using fission fragment rockets. United States: N. p., 1991. Web.
Chapline, G, & Matsuda, Y. Energy production using fission fragment rockets. United States.
Chapline, G, and Matsuda, Y. Thu . "Energy production using fission fragment rockets". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/6017644.
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abstractNote = {Fission fragment rockets are nuclear reactors with a core consisting of thin fibers in a vacuum, and which use magnetic fields to extract the fission fragments from the reactor core. As an alternative to ordinary nuclear reactors, fission fragment rockets would have the following advantages: Approximately twice as efficient if one can directly convert the fission fragment energy into electricity; by reducing the buildup of a fission fragment inventory in the reactor one could avoid a Chernobyl type disaster; and collecting the fission fragments outside the reactor could simplify the waste disposal problem. 6 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.},
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