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Title: Thermoacoustic enhancements for nuclear fuel rods

Abstract

A nuclear thermoacoustic device includes a housing defining an interior chamber and a portion of nuclear fuel disposed in the interior chamber. A stack is disposed in the interior chamber and has a hot end and a cold end. The stack is spaced from the portion of nuclear fuel with the hot end directed toward the portion of nuclear fuel. The stack and portion of nuclear fuel are positioned such that an acoustic standing wave is produced in the interior chamber. A frequency of the acoustic standing wave depends on a temperature in the interior chamber.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1568309
Patent Number(s):
10283225
Application Number:
15/475,655
Assignee:
The Penn State Research Foundation (University Park, PA); U.S. Department of Energy (Washington, DC)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
G - PHYSICS G01 - MEASURING G01K - MEASURING TEMPERATURE
G - PHYSICS G21 - NUCLEAR PHYSICS G21C - NUCLEAR REACTORS
DOE Contract Number:  
AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 03/31/2017
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Garrett, Steven L., Smith, James A., and Kotter, Dale K.. Thermoacoustic enhancements for nuclear fuel rods. United States: N. p., 2019. Web.
Garrett, Steven L., Smith, James A., & Kotter, Dale K.. Thermoacoustic enhancements for nuclear fuel rods. United States.
Garrett, Steven L., Smith, James A., and Kotter, Dale K.. Tue . "Thermoacoustic enhancements for nuclear fuel rods". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1568309.
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place = {United States},
year = {2019},
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patent, October 1958


Devices for Cooling the Control Rods of Nuclear Reactors
patent, April 1963


Temperature Measuring Apparatus
patent, November 1965


Acoustic transducer for nuclear reactor monitoring
patent, May 1977


Passive remote temperature sensor system
patent, January 1981


Method of measuring reactive acoustic power density in a fluid
patent, September 1985


Thermoacoustic device
patent, December 1986


Dynamic acoustic thermometer
patent-application, September 2006