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Record 39 of 1624
Gas core reactors for coal gasification
Author and Affiliation:
Weinstein, H.(Illinois Inst. of Tech., Chicago, IL, United States)
Abstract: The concept of using a gas core reactor to produce hydrogen directly from coal and water is presented. It is shown that the chemical equilibrium of the process is strongly in favor of the production of H2 and CO in the reactor cavity, indicating a 98% conversion of water and coal at only 1500 K. At lower temperatures in the moderator-reflector cooling channels the equilibrium strongly favors the conversion of CO and additional H2O to CO2 and H2. Furthermore, it is shown the H2 obtained per pound of carbon has 23% greater heating value than the carbon so that some nuclear energy is also fixed. Finally, a gas core reactor plant floating in the ocean is conceptualized which produces H2, fresh water and sea salts from coal.
Publication Date: Sep 01, 1976
Document ID:
19780018926
(Acquired Nov 18, 1995)
Accession Number: 78N26869
Subject Category: ENERGY PRODUCTION AND CONVERSION
Document Type: Conference Paper
Publication Information: Princeton Univ. Partially Ionized Plasmas, Including the 3rd Symp. on Uranium Plasmas; p 269-274
Publisher Information: United States
Contract/Grant/Task Num: NSG-7039
Financial Sponsor: NASA; United States
Organization Source: Illinois Inst. of Tech.; Chicago, IL, United States
Description: 6p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: CHEMICAL REACTORS; COAL GASIFICATION; HYDROGEN PRODUCTION; REACTOR CORES; CARBON MONOXIDE; COAL UTILIZATION; GASEOUS FISSION REACTORS; WATER
Imprint And Other Notes: In Princeton Univ. Partially Ionized Plasmas, Including the 3rd Symp. on Uranium Plasmas p 269-274 (SEE N78-26837 17-70)
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