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Analytical design and performance studies of the nuclear light bulb engineAnalytical studies were conducted to investigate in detail the heat balance characteristics of the nuclear light bulb engine. Distributions of energy deposition to all engine components from the fission process, conduction and convection, and thermal radiation were considered. Where uncertainties in basic data or heat transfer characteristics were encountered, ranges of heat loads were calculated and reference values were selected. The influence of these heat loads on engine performance, space radiator requirements, and cooling sequence and cooling circuit designs was determined. The analyses resulted in revisions to the previously reported reference engine characteristics, principally in the heat loads to some engine components and in the cooling sequence. These revisions were incorporated in the engine dynamics digital computer simulation program. No significant changes occurred in the dynamic response of the engine to perturbations in fuel injection rate, reactivity or exhaust nozzle area.
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Contractor Report (CR)
Rodgers, R. J.
(United Aircraft Corp. East Hartford, CT, United States)
Latham, T. S.
(United Aircraft Corp. East Hartford, CT, United States)
Date Acquired
August 7, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1972
Subject Category
Nuclear Engineering
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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