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Title: A NEUTRONIC REACTOR

A nuclear reactor for producing thermoelectric power is described. The reactor core comprises a series of thermoelectric assemblies, each assembly including fissionable fuel as an active element to form a hot junction and a thermocouple. The assemblies are disposed parallel to each other to form spaces and means are included for Introducing an electrically conductive coolant between the assemblies to form cold junctions of the thermocouples. An electromotive force is developed across the entire series of the thermoelectric assemblies due to fission heat generated in the fuel causing a current to flow perpendicular to the flow of coolant and is distributed to a load outside of the reactor by means of bus bars electrically connected to the outermost thermoelectric assembly.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
4178017
Report Number(s):
US 2902423
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-60
Research Org:
Originating Research Org. not identified
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
REACTOR TECHNOLOGY; COOLANTS; ELECTRIC CONDUCTIVITY; ELECTRICITY; FISSIONABLE MATERIALS; HEATING; PLANNING; REACTOR CORE; REACTORS; THERMOCOUPLES; THERMOELECTRIC CELLS