Conceptual Design Studies of Two TURPS Using Stirling and Direct Energy Conversion Cycles
Technical rept. Jun 1968-Mar 1969
ISOTOPES INC MIDDLE RIVER MD NUCLEAR SYSTEMS DIV
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This report presents designs of two compact, unattended nuclear power utilizing H-Rho reactor control. One plant is a 100-kilowate system with Stirling cycle conversion the other is a conduction-cooled 10-kilowatte thermoelectric system. The conduction system is based upon current technology, while the Stirling system requires an extended life Stirling engine for optimal performance. In addition to the performance the results of parametric studies of system operation at other power levels are included. This report shows that reliable, unattended power can be obtained at moderate cost. The Stirling conversion plant achieves high efficiency and compactness by using the reactor coolant as the engine working fluid. The direct conduction plant provides very long operating life by eliminating moving parts and coolant.
- SNAP (Systems for Nuclear Auxiliary Power) Technology