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Title: Compact power reactor

Abstract

There is disclosed a small compact nuclear reactor operating in the epithermal neutron energy range for supplying power at remote locations, as for a satellite. The core contains fuel moderator elements of Zr hydride with 7 w/o of 93% enriched uranium alloy. The core has a radial beryllium reflector and is cooled by liquid metal coolant such as NaK. The reactor is controlled and shut down by moving portions of the reflector.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [2]
  1. Woodland Hills, CA
  2. Canoga Park, CA
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Atomics International. Div. of North American Aviation, Inc., Canoga Park, Calif.
OSTI Identifier:
863226
Patent Number(s):
4127443
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC)
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 G21D - NUCLEAR POWER PLANT
DOE Contract Number:  
AT(11-1)-GEN-8
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
compact; power; reactor; disclosed; nuclear; operating; epithermal; neutron; energy; range; supplying; remote; locations; satellite; core; contains; fuel; moderator; elements; zr; hydride; 93; enriched; uranium; alloy; radial; beryllium; reflector; cooled; liquid; metal; coolant; nak; controlled; shut; moving; portions; reactor operating; remote locations; power reactor; neutron energy; supplying power; thermal neutron; uranium alloy; enriched uranium; nuclear reactor; liquid metal; remote location; energy range; metal coolant; moderator elements; compact power; contains fuel; /376/976/

Citation Formats

Wetch, Joseph R, Dieckamp, Herman M, and Wilson, Lewis A. Compact power reactor. United States: N. p., 1978. Web.
Wetch, Joseph R, Dieckamp, Herman M, & Wilson, Lewis A. Compact power reactor. United States.
Wetch, Joseph R, Dieckamp, Herman M, and Wilson, Lewis A. Sun . "Compact power reactor". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/863226.
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abstractNote = {There is disclosed a small compact nuclear reactor operating in the epithermal neutron energy range for supplying power at remote locations, as for a satellite. The core contains fuel moderator elements of Zr hydride with 7 w/o of 93% enriched uranium alloy. The core has a radial beryllium reflector and is cooled by liquid metal coolant such as NaK. The reactor is controlled and shut down by moving portions of the reflector.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {1978},
month = {1}
}

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