Accession Number:

ADA347302

Title:

Back to the Future: The Historical, Scientific, Naval, and Environmental Case for Fission Fusion

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC FUNDAMENTAL PLASMA PROCESSES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1998-04-02

Pagination or Media Count:

28.0

Abstract:

It is proposed that a return to fission fusion, and especially the development of the thorium cycle could be a means to revitalize magnetic fusion research. This work analyzes recent history, attempts to find the reason magnetic fusion research is in the shape it is in, and argues that an embrace of the hybrid could improve its prospects. Then it analyzes recent Tokamak results, concluding that a research Tokamak reactor, which could generate significant amounts of nuclear fuel could be built now. Finally it discusses both whether the Navy could be involved, and the environmental issues.

Subject Categories:

  • Nuclear Power Plants and Fission Reactor Engineering
  • Fission Reactor Physics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE