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Conceptual design studies and experiments related to cavity exhaust systems for nuclear light bulb configurationsInvestigations of various phases of gaseous nuclear rocket technology have been conducted. The principal research efforts have recently been directed toward the closed-cycle, vortex-stabilized nuclear light bulb engine and toward a small-scale fissioning uranium plasma experiment that could be conducted in the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory's Nuclear Furnace. The engine concept is based on the transfer of energy by thermal radiation from gaseous fissioning uranium, through a transparent wall, to hydrogen propellant. The reference engine configuration is comprised of seven unit cavities, each having its own fuel transparent wall and propellant duct. The basic design of the engine is described. Subsequent studies performed to supplement and investigate the basic design are reported. Summaries of other nuclear light bulb research programs are included.
Document ID
19730003968
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Authors
Kendall, J. S. (United Aircraft Corp. East Hartford, CT, United States)
Stoeffler, R. C. (United Aircraft Corp. East Hartford, CT, United States)
Date Acquired
August 7, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1972
Subject Category
NUCLEAR ENGINEERING
Report/Patent Number
NASA-CR-129298
L-910900-15
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: SNPC-70
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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