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Title: HOMOGENEOUS NUCLEAR REACTOR

Nuclear reactors of the homogeneous liquid fuel type are discussed. The reactor is comprised of an elongated closed vessel, vertically oriented, having a critical region at the bottom, a lower chimney structure extending from the critical region vertically upwardly and surrounded by heat exchanger coils, to a baffle region above which is located an upper chimney structure containing a catalyst functioning to recombine radiolyticallydissociated moderator gages. In operation the liquid fuel circulates solely by convection from the critical region upwardly through the lower chimney and then downwardly through the heat exchanger to return to the critical region. The gases formed by radiolytic- dissociation of the moderator are carried upwardly with the circulating liquid fuel and past the baffle into the region of the upper chimney where they are recombined by the catalyst and condensed, thence returning through the heat exchanger to the critical region.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
4237781
Report Number(s):
US 2874106
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-59
Research Org:
Originating Research Org. not identified
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
REACTORS; CATALYSIS; CHEMICAL REACTIONS; COILS; CONDENSERS; CONFIGURATION; CONVECTION; CRITICALITY; DECOMPOSITION; FINS; FLUID FLOW; FUELS; GASES; HEAT EXCHANGERS; HOMOGENEOUS REACTORS; ION RECOMBINATION; LIQUIDS; MECHANICAL STRUCTURES; MODERATORS; POWER PLANTS; RADIATION CHEMISTRY; RADIOLYSIS; REACTORS; VAPORS; VESSELS; ZONES