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Title: Feasibility of Ground Testing a Moon and Mars Surface Power Reactor in EBR-II

Abstract

Ground testing of a surface fission power system would be necessary to verify the design and validate reactor performance to support safe and sustained human exploration of the Moon and Mars. The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has several facilities that could be adapted to support a ground test. This paper focuses on the feasibility of ground testing at the Experimental Breeder Reactor II (EBR-II) facility and using other INL existing infrastructure to support such a test. This brief study concludes that the INL EBR-II facility and supporting infrastructure are a viable option for ground testing the surface power system. It provides features and attributes that offer advantages to locating and performing ground testing at this site, and it could support the National Aeronautics and Space Administration schedules for human exploration of the Moon. This study used the initial concept examined by the U.S. Department of Energy Inter-laboratory Design and Analysis Support Team for surface power, a lowtemperature, liquid-metal, three-loop Brayton power system. With some facility modification, the EBR-II can safely house a test chamber and perform long-term testing of the space reactor power system. The INL infrastructure is available to receive and provide bonded storage for special nuclear materials. Facilitiesmore » adjacent to EBR-II can provide the clean room environment needed to assemble and store the test article assembly, disassemble the power system at the conclusion of testing, and perform posttest examination. Capability for waste disposal is also available at the INL.« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
Sponsoring Org.:
DOE - NE
OSTI Identifier:
911175
Report Number(s):
INL/CON-05-00768
TRN: US0704441
DOE Contract Number:  
DE-AC07-99ID-13727
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Space and Technology and Applications International Forum 2006,Albuquerque, New Mexico,02/12/2006,02/16/2006
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 - SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; BREEDER REACTORS; CLEAN ROOMS; DESIGN; EXPLORATION; FISSION; MOON; NASA; PERFORMANCE; POWER REACTORS; POWER SYSTEMS; SCHEDULES; STORAGE; TESTING; WASTE DISPOSAL; MARS PLANET; NESDPS Office of Nuclear Energy Space and Defense Power Systems; INL; Mars; Moon; nuclear; space; surface power reactor

Citation Formats

Sheryl Morton, Carl Baily, Tom Hill, and Jim Werner. Feasibility of Ground Testing a Moon and Mars Surface Power Reactor in EBR-II. United States: N. p., 2006. Web.
Sheryl Morton, Carl Baily, Tom Hill, & Jim Werner. Feasibility of Ground Testing a Moon and Mars Surface Power Reactor in EBR-II. United States.
Sheryl Morton, Carl Baily, Tom Hill, and Jim Werner. Wed . "Feasibility of Ground Testing a Moon and Mars Surface Power Reactor in EBR-II". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/911175.
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abstractNote = {Ground testing of a surface fission power system would be necessary to verify the design and validate reactor performance to support safe and sustained human exploration of the Moon and Mars. The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has several facilities that could be adapted to support a ground test. This paper focuses on the feasibility of ground testing at the Experimental Breeder Reactor II (EBR-II) facility and using other INL existing infrastructure to support such a test. This brief study concludes that the INL EBR-II facility and supporting infrastructure are a viable option for ground testing the surface power system. It provides features and attributes that offer advantages to locating and performing ground testing at this site, and it could support the National Aeronautics and Space Administration schedules for human exploration of the Moon. This study used the initial concept examined by the U.S. Department of Energy Inter-laboratory Design and Analysis Support Team for surface power, a lowtemperature, liquid-metal, three-loop Brayton power system. With some facility modification, the EBR-II can safely house a test chamber and perform long-term testing of the space reactor power system. The INL infrastructure is available to receive and provide bonded storage for special nuclear materials. Facilities adjacent to EBR-II can provide the clean room environment needed to assemble and store the test article assembly, disassemble the power system at the conclusion of testing, and perform posttest examination. Capability for waste disposal is also available at the INL.},
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