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Reactor moderator, pressure vessel, and heat rejection system of an open-cycle gas core nuclear rocket concept
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Author and Affiliation:
Taylor, M. F.(NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH, United States);
Whitmarsh, C. L., Jr.(NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH, United States);
Sirocky, P. J., Jr.(NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH, United States);
Iwanczyke, L. C.(NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH, United States)
Abstract: A preliminary design study of a conceptual 6000-megawatt open-cycle gas-core nuclear rocket engine system was made. The engine has a thrust of 196,600 newtons (44,200 lb) and a specific impulse of 4400 seconds. The nuclear fuel is uranium-235 and the propellant is hydrogen. Critical fuel mass was calculated for several reactor configurations. Major components of the reactor (reflector, pressure vessel, and waste heat rejection system) were considered conceptually and were sized.
Publication Date: Jul 01, 1973
Document ID:
19730018848
(Acquired Nov 22, 1995)
Accession Number: 73N27575
Subject Category: NUCLEAR ENGINEERING
Report/Patent Number: NASA-TM-X-2772, E-6588
Document Type: Technical Report
Publisher Information: Washington, United States
Contract/Grant/Task Num: RTOP 503-04
Financial Sponsor: NASA; United States
Organization Source: NASA Lewis Research Center; Cleveland, OH, United States
Description: 45p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: NUCLEAR ROCKET ENGINES; REACTOR DESIGN; SUBASSEMBLIES; HIGH TEMPERATURE NUCLEAR REACTORS; REACTOR TECHNOLOGY
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