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PROPULSION RESEARCH PROGRAM. SUMMARY OF RESEARCH IN THE FIELD OF ADVANCED NUCLEAR PROPULSION
DEPUTY COMMANDER AEROSPACE SYSTEMS INGLEWOOD CALIF
This study is concerned with the fluid dynamics of gaseous fission reactors and in particular with those reactors which utilize a vortex flow to separate the nuclear fuel from the propellant gas. Such systems may provide a means of extending the performance of nuclear rockets well beyond those values projected for the solid-core or Kiwi type reactors. The research program includes both analytical and experimental investigations of single and multiple vortex systems. Experimental apparatus is described. A comparison of the relative performance of the vortex matrix and single-cell vortex is presented as well as other theoretical and experimental results. Author
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