STUDY OF NUCLEAR SEEDED MHD PLASMAS.
Yearly summary technical rept. no. 2, 1 May 66-30 Apr 67,
FLORIDA UNIV GAINESVILLE DEPT OF NUCLEAR ENGINEERING SCIENCES
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The characteristics of a nuclear seeded plasma for use in a MHD generator are being investigated in four separate areas. In the first, the analytic description of the time-space dependence of a single column of ionization is developed and solved approximately by analytic means. A wide range of dimensionless analytic solutions are presented. In the second area, a numerical approach to the column ionization is developed. The objective is to bypass some of the necessary analytic approximations. In the third area, detailed measurements of the buildup, equilibrium and decay of a helium plasma using neutrons were carried out and are reported for various pressures and He3-CO2 combinations. Finally, an engineering survey calculation was carried out to establish the range of nuclear reactor and engineering parameters appropriate to such a MHD system. Author
- Electric Power Production and Distribution
- Fission Reactor Materials
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics