Accession Number:

AD0261470

Title:

PARAMETRIC STUDY OF THERMIONIC-NUCLEAR ELECTRICAL POWER SOURCE EMPLOYING NONBOILING, NATURAL-CIRCULATION WATER COOLING

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GENERAL DYNAMICS SAN DIEGO CALIF GENERAL ATOMIC DIV

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Report Date:

1961-08-07

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

Parametric nuclear and heat-transfer calculations are presented which establish approximate values of critical fuel load ngs and core diameters for Navy-oriented thermionic-nuclear power sources in the electrical output power range from 500 kw to 10 mw. The nuclear cores consist of an array of cylindrical fuel elements utilizing light waterAS THE COOLANT, MODERATOR, AND REFLECTOR. Each fuel element contains a gro ping of seriesconnected thermionic cells arranged axially within the fuel-element cladding. Natural-circulation, nonboiling cooling is considered. Two source configurations are selected that represent, at the present time, best estimates of the design parameters compatible with electrical power outputs of 1 and 10 mw. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE