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Title: Capillary-Pumped Passive Reactor Concept for Space Nuclear Power

Abstract

To develop the passively-cooled space reactor concept using the capillary-induced lithium flow, since molten lithium possesses a very favorable surface tension characteristic. In space where the gravitational field is minimal, the gravity-assisted natural convection cooling is not effective nor an option for reactor heat removal, the capillary induced cooling becomes an attractive means of providing reactor cooling.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
929304
Report Number(s):
DOE/ID/14590
TRN: US200822%%968
DOE Contract Number:  
FG07-04ID14590
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; COOLING; GRAVITATIONAL FIELDS; HEAT; LITHIUM; NATURAL CONVECTION; NUCLEAR POWER; REACTORS; REMOVAL; SPACE; SURFACE TENSION; NESDPS Office of Nuclear Energy Space and Defense Power Systems

Citation Formats

Lin, Thomas F, Hughes, Thomas G, and Miller, Christopher G. Capillary-Pumped Passive Reactor Concept for Space Nuclear Power. United States: N. p., 2008. Web. doi:10.2172/929304.
Lin, Thomas F, Hughes, Thomas G, & Miller, Christopher G. Capillary-Pumped Passive Reactor Concept for Space Nuclear Power. United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/929304
Lin, Thomas F, Hughes, Thomas G, and Miller, Christopher G. Fri . "Capillary-Pumped Passive Reactor Concept for Space Nuclear Power". United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/929304. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/929304.
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author = {Lin, Thomas F and Hughes, Thomas G and Miller, Christopher G},
abstractNote = {To develop the passively-cooled space reactor concept using the capillary-induced lithium flow, since molten lithium possesses a very favorable surface tension characteristic. In space where the gravitational field is minimal, the gravity-assisted natural convection cooling is not effective nor an option for reactor heat removal, the capillary induced cooling becomes an attractive means of providing reactor cooling.},
doi = {10.2172/929304},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/929304}, journal = {},
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place = {United States},
year = {2008},
month = {5}
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