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Title: NUCLEAR REACTOR AND THERMIONIC FUEL ELEMENT THEREFOR

The patent relates to the direct conversion of fission heat to electricity by use of thermionic plasma diodes having fissionable material cathodes, said diodes arranged to form a critical mass in a nuclear reactor. The patent describes a fuel element comprising a plurality of diodes each having a fissionable material cathode, an anode around said cathode, and an ionizable gas therebetween. Provision is made for flowing the gas and current serially through the diodes. (AEC)
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
4129237
Report Number(s):
US 3113091
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-64
Research Org:
Originating Research Org. not identified
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
REACTOR TECHNOLOGY; ANODES; CATHODES; CIRCUITS; CONFIGURATION; COOLANT LOOPS; CRITICALITY; CURRENTS; DIODES; ELECTRICITY; ELECTRON TUBES; FISSION; FISSIONABLE MATERIALS; FUEL ELEMENTS; GAS COOLANT; GAS FLOW; GASES; IONIZATION; MASS; PATENT; PLANNING; PLASMA; POWER PLANTS; REACTOR CORE; THERMODYNAMICS