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Title: Protection requirements for the resistance of meteorite penetration of interplanetary spacecraft systems

The Plutonium Recycle Test Reactor primary coolant pumps use face type mechanical shaft seals and incorporate a large flywheel for emergency ilow during power outages. The test and development work preceding and during initial PRTR operation revealed several major problems. These problems and their solutions are discussed. Mechanical seal life was extended from original rapid failures in a few hours to periods of several thousand hours. (auth)
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1150090
Report Number(s):
CONF-10--21; Preprint--63059
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: AIAA Electric Propulsion Conference, Colorado Springs, CO (United States), 11-13 Mar 1963
Publisher:
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), New York, NY (United States)
Research Org:
Jet Propulsion Labs, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
NASA
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
REACTOR TECHNOLOGY