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Record 44 of 3568
Gaseous fuel nuclear reactor research
Author and Affiliation:
Schwenk, F. C.
Thom, K.(NASA Washington, D.C., United States)
Abstract: Gaseous-fuel nuclear reactors are described; their distinguishing feature is the use of fissile fuels in a gaseous or plasma state, thereby breaking the barrier of temperature imposed by solid-fuel elements. This property creates a reactor heat source that may be able to heat the propellant of a rocket engine to 10,000 or 20,000 K. At this temperature level, gas-core reactors would provide the breakthrough in propulsion needed to open the entire solar system to manned and unmanned spacecraft. The possibility of fuel recycling makes possible efficiencies of up to 65% and nuclear safety at reduced cost, as well as high-thrust propulsion capabilities with specific impulse up to 5000 sec.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 1975
Document ID:
19750056105
(Acquired Dec 01, 1995)
Accession Number: 75A40177
Subject Category: NUCLEAR AND HIGH-ENERGY PHYSICS
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Publication Information: (SEE A75-40176 19-44)
Publisher Information: United States
Meeting Information: Energy - Engineering - Environment; Seventh Annual Frontiers of Power Technology Conference, Stillwater; 7th; October 9-10, 1974; Stillwater, OK
Financial Sponsor: NASA; United States
Description: 36p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
NASA Terms: COST REDUCTION; ENERGY CONVERSION EFFICIENCY; GASEOUS FISSION REACTORS; HEAT SOURCES; NUCLEAR FUELS; REACTOR TECHNOLOGY; ENERGY TECHNOLOGY; HIGH THRUST; REACTOR CORES; ROCKET ENGINE DESIGN; URANIUM FLUORIDES
Imprint And Other Notes: In: Energy - Engineering - Environment; Proceedings of the Seventh Annual Frontiers of Power Technology Conference, Stillwater, Okla., October 9, 10, 1974. (A75-40176 19-44) Stillwater, Oklahoma State University, 1975, p. 3-1 to 3-36.
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