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Title: Rotating-bed reactor as a power source for EM gun applications

Electromagnetic gun applications of the Rotating Bed Reactor (RBR) are examined. The RBR is a compact (approx. 1 m/sup 3/), (up to several thousand MW(th)), high-power reactor concept, capable of producing a high-temperature (up to approx. 300/sup 0/K) gas stream with a MHD generator coupled to it, the RBR can generate electric power (up to approx. 1000 MW(e)) in the pulsed or cw modes. Three EM gun applications are investigated: a rail gun thruster for orbit transfer, a rapid-fire EM gun for point defense, and a direct ground-to-space launch. The RBR appears suitable for all applications.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6439970
Report Number(s):
BNL-29350; CONF-801138-8
TRN: 81-009218
DOE Contract Number:
AC02-76CH00016
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Electromagnetic guns and launchers conference, San Diego, CA, USA, 4 Nov 1980
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (USA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION; GUNS; FLUIDIZED BED REACTORS; WEAPONS; GAS COOLED REACTORS; MOBILE REACTORS; FEASIBILITY STUDIES; MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS; POWER GENERATION; SPECIFICATIONS; FLUID MECHANICS; FUEL DISPERSION REACTORS; HOMOGENEOUS REACTORS; HYDRODYNAMICS; MECHANICS; RADIATIONS; REACTORS 210600* -- Power Reactors, Auxiliary, Mobile Package, & Transportable