Safety Methodology for Space Nuclear Systems.
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Radioisotopic ThermoelectricThermodynamic Generator RTG systems are frequently used to power Department of Defense DOD and National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA satellites. The launch of RTGs dictates that the user agency assure the Interagency Nuclear Safety Review Panel that risks to the populace are minimal and exposures below acceptable levels for any logically conceivable accident scenario and environment. Each agency Energy Research and Development Administration ERDA, NASA, and the DOD participating on the panel performs an independent safety evaluation of the system under review and recommends action for the RTG Contractors Safety Analysis Report. Typical techniques and results are discussed. Particular attention is paid to the analyses and test results for the Multihundred Watt RTG used in the Lincoln Experimental Satellites 8 and 9 LES 89. Specific details of the nuclear safety analysis of the LES 89 mission are set forth. Other analysis methods used and future methodology development goals are also discussed. Author
- Safety Engineering
- Nuclear Power Plants and Fission Reactor Engineering