Accession Number:

AD0289540

Title:

PARAMETRIC STUDY OF DIRECT CONVERSION REACTOR POWER SYSTEMS

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GENERAL DYNAMICS SAN DIEGO CALIF GENERAL ATOMIC DIV

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Report Date:

1962-10-31

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

A mathematical formulation of thermionic-cell dynamics for use in thermionic reactor design is developed. The formulation developed was incorporated into a digital computer code. This code was used in conjunction with neutronicsAND HEAT TRANSFER CALCULATIONS TO INVESTIGATE THE INTERRELATED THERMIONIC-NEUTRONIC-HEATTRANSFER PROBLEMS OF THERMIONIC REACTOR DESIGN. Two main problem areas in the nuclear design of water-cooled thermionic reactors, i.e., the inherently large parasitic capture in thermionic cells and the power-flattening problem, are discussed. In order to define the problems that might arise in the design of an actual thermionic reactor plant, a conceptual design study of a 1-Mwe water-cooled thermionic reactor system was undertaken. Tungsten-clad emitters were purposely used in this study in order to evaluate the suitability of using materials with very high parasitic capture rates in a water-cooled system. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE