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High Efficiency Nuclear Power Plants Using Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor TechnologyAn overall system analysis approach is used to propose potential conceptual designs of advanced terrestrial nuclear power plants based on Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) experience and utilizing Closed Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) thermal-to-electric energy conversion technology. In particular conceptual designs for an advanced 1 GWe power plant with turbine reheat and compressor intercooling at a 950 K turbine inlet temperature (TIT), as well as near term 100 MWe demonstration plants with TITs of 950 and 1200 K are presented. Power plant performance data were obtained for TITs ranging from 650 to 1300 K by use of a Closed Brayton Cycle (CBC) systems code which considered the interaction between major sub-systems, including the Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR), heat source and heat sink heat exchangers, turbo-generator machinery, and an electric power generation and transmission system. Optional off-shore submarine installation of the power plant is a major consideration.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Glenn Research Center
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Juhasz, Albert J.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Rarick, Richard A.
(Cleveland State Univ. Cleveland, OH, United States)
Rangarajan, Rajmohan
(Cleveland State Univ. Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 2009
Subject Category
Nuclear Physics
Report/Patent Number
AIAA Paper 2009-4565
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 138494.01.04.01
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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