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Title: NUCLEAR REACTOR

Abstract

A nuclear reactor of the homogeneous liquid fuel type is described wherein the fissionable isotope is suspended or dissolved in a liquid moderator such as water. The reactor core is comprised essentially of a spherical vessel for containing the reactive composition surrounded by a reflector, preferably of beryllium oxide. The reactive composition may be an ordinary water solution of a soluble salt of uranium, the quantity of fissionable isotope in solution being sufficient to provide a critical mass in the vessel. The liquid fuel is stored in a tank of non-crtttcal geometry below the reactor vessel and outside of the reflector and is passed from the tank to the vessel through a pipe connecting the two by air pressure means. Neutron absorbing control and safety rods are operated within slots in the reflector adjacent to the vessel.

Inventors:
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
4287212
Patent Number(s):
2843543
Assignee:
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
Y - NEW / CROSS SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES Y02 - TECHNOLOGIES OR APPLICATIONS FOR MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE Y02E - REDUCTION OF GREENHOUSE GAS [GHG] EMISSIONS, RELATED TO ENERGY GENERATION, TRANSMISSION OR DISTRIBUTION
G - PHYSICS G21 - NUCLEAR PHYSICS G21C - NUCLEAR REACTORS
NSA Number:
NSA-13-000992
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-59
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
PATENTS; AIR; BERYLLIUM OXIDES; CONFIGURATION; CONTROL ELEMENTS; CRITICALITY; FISSIONABLE MATERIALS; FUELS; HOMOGENEOUS REACTORS; ISOTOPES; LIQUIDS; PIPES; PRESSURE; REACTOR CORE; REACTOR SAFETY; REACTORS; REFLECTORS; RODS; SOLUTIONS; SPHERES; STORAGE; SUSPENSIONS; URANIUM COMPOUNDS; VESSELS; WATER MODERATOR

Citation Formats

Christy, R F. NUCLEAR REACTOR. United States: N. p., 1958. Web.
Christy, R F. NUCLEAR REACTOR. United States.
Christy, R F. Tue . "NUCLEAR REACTOR". United States.
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abstractNote = {A nuclear reactor of the homogeneous liquid fuel type is described wherein the fissionable isotope is suspended or dissolved in a liquid moderator such as water. The reactor core is comprised essentially of a spherical vessel for containing the reactive composition surrounded by a reflector, preferably of beryllium oxide. The reactive composition may be an ordinary water solution of a soluble salt of uranium, the quantity of fissionable isotope in solution being sufficient to provide a critical mass in the vessel. The liquid fuel is stored in a tank of non-crtttcal geometry below the reactor vessel and outside of the reflector and is passed from the tank to the vessel through a pipe connecting the two by air pressure means. Neutron absorbing control and safety rods are operated within slots in the reflector adjacent to the vessel.},
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