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Title: A facility for testing 10- to 100-kWe space power reactors

This paper describes an existing facility that could be used in a cost-effective manner to test space power reactors in the 10 to 100-kWe range before launch. The facility has been designed to conduct full power tests of 100-kWe SP-100 reactor systems and already has the structural feature that would be required for lower power testing. The paper describes a reasonable scenario starting with the acceptance at the test site of the unfueled reactor assembly and the separately shipped nuclear fuel. After fueling the reactor and installing it in the facility, cold critical tests are performed, and the reactor is then shipped to the launch site. The availability of this facility represents a cost-effective means of performing the required prelaunch test program.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
10177030
Report Number(s):
WHC-SA-1536; CONF-930103--9
Journal ID: ISSN 0094-243X; ON: DE92040420
DOE Contract Number:
AC06-87RL10930
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Journal Volume: 271; Conference: 10. symposium on space nuclear power and propulsion, Albuquerque, NM (United States),10-14 Jan 1993; Other Information: PBD: Jun 1992
Research Org:
Westinghouse Hanford Co., Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; 42 ENGINEERING; SPACE POWER REACTORS; TESTING; TEST FACILITIES; HANFORD RESERVATION; SPECIFICATIONS; DESIGN NESDPS Office of Nuclear Energy Space and Defense Power Systems 220600; 420200; RESEARCH, TEST, TRAINING, PRODUCTION, IRRADIATION, MATERIALS TESTING REACTORS; FACILITIES, EQUIPMENT, AND TECHNIQUES