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Rotating Fluidized Bed Reactor for Space Nuclear PropulsionThe rotating fluidized bed reactor concept is being investigated for possible application in nuclear propulsion systems. Physics calculations show U-233 to be superior to U-235 as a fuel for a cavity reactor of this type. Preliminary estimates of the effect of hydrogen in the reactor, reflector material, and power peaking are given. A preliminary engineering analysis was made for U-235 and U-233 fueled systems. An evaluation of the parameters affecting the design of the system is given, along with the thrust-to-weight ratios. The experimental equipment is described, as are the special photographic techniques and procedures. Characteristics of the fluidized bed and experimental results are given, including photographic evidence of bed fluidization at high rotational velocities.
Document ID
19720017961
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Date Acquired
August 6, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 1971
Subject Category
Nuclear Engineering
Report/Patent Number
NASA-CR-126738
BNL-50321(UC-33)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NASA-SNSO-IA-13254
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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