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Conceptual Design for a Hardened Heat Sink for the Removal of Waste Heat from a Hard Rock Silo Power Source.
Technical rept. 2 Oct-31 Dec 69,
AIR FORCE WEAPONS LAB KIRTLAND AFB NM
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One possible solution to the problem of rejecting large quantities of heat from the Hard Rock Silo power plant during post-attack operation is presented. The conceptual design uses heat pipes to transfer excess heat directly to the surrounding rock. The independence of each heat pipe in the heat rejection network is noted, and the use of an excess number of pipes redundancy principle is proposed. All conceivable damage mechanisms are investigated and design considerations are analyzed. It is concluded that a heat pipe network can provide a hardened, cost-effective heat sink for use in Hard Rock Silo missile bases. Author
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