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Title: Nuclear safety as applied to space power reactor systems

Current space nuclear power reactor safety issues are discussed with respect to the unique characteristics of these reactors. An approach to achieving adequate safety and a perception of safety is outlined. This approach calls for a carefully conceived safety program which makes uses of lessons learned from previous terrestrial power reactor development programs. This approach includes use of risk analyses, passive safety design features, and analyses/experiments to understand and control off-design conditions. The point is made that some recent accidents concerning terrestrial power reactors do not imply that space power reactors cannot be operated safety.
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6330560
Report Number(s):
UCRL-93501-Rev.1; CONF-870102-22-Rev.1
ON: DE87009740
DOE Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 4. symposium on space nuclear power systems, Albuquerque, NM, USA, 12 Jan 1987; Other Information: Portions of this document are illegible in microfiche products
Research Org:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (USA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; 21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; SPACE POWER REACTORS; REACTOR SAFETY; SAFETY ENGINEERING; HAZARDS; LAUNCHING; ORBIT STABILITY; REENTRY; RISK ASSESSMENT; SPACE VEHICLES; ENGINEERING; MOBILE REACTORS; POWER REACTORS; REACTORS; SAFETY; STABILITY; VEHICLES NESDPS Office of Nuclear Energy Space and Defense Power Systems 220900* -- Nuclear Reactor Technology-- Reactor Safety; 210600 -- Power Reactors, Auxiliary, Mobile Package, & Transportable