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Exploratory study of several advanced nuclear-MHD power plant systems.In order for efficient multimegawatt closed cycle nuclear-MHD systems to become practical, long-life gas cooled reactors with exit temperatures of about 2500 K or higher must be developed. Four types of nuclear reactors which have the potential of achieving this goal are the NERVA-type solid core reactor, the colloid core (rotating fluidized bed) reactor, the 'light bulb' gas core reactor, and the 'coaxial flow' gas core reactor. Research programs aimed at developing these reactors have progressed rapidly in recent years so that prototype power reactors could be operating by 1980. Three types of power plant systems which use these reactors have been analyzed to determine the operating characteristics, critical parameters and performance of these power plants. Overall thermal efficiencies as high as 80% are projected, using an MHD turbine-compressor cycle with steam bottoming, and slightly lower efficiencies are projected for an MHD motor-compressor cycle.
Document ID
19730053609
Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Authors
Williams, J. R.
Clement, J. D. (Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, Ga., United States)
Rosa, R. J. (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga.; Avco Everett Research Laboratory, Everett Mass., United States)
Yang, Y. Y.
Date Acquired
August 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1973
Subject Category
NUCLEAR ENGINEERING
Meeting Information
Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference(Philadelphia, PA)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NGR-11-002-145
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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