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Startup thaw concept for the SP-100 space reactor power systemA thaw concept for a space reactor power system which employs lithium as a circulant for both the heat-transport and the heat-rejection fluid loops is presented. An exemplary thermal analysis for a 100-kWe (i.e., SP-100) system is performed. It is shown that the design of the thaw system requires a thorough knowledge of the various physical states of the circulant throughout the system, both spatially and temporally, and that the design has to provide adequate margins for the system to avoid a structural or thermally induced damage.
Document ID
19910028212
Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Authors
Kirpich, A. (General Electric Co. Princeton, NJ, United States)
Das, A. (General Electric Co. Princeton, NJ, United States)
Choe, H. (General Electric Co. Princeton, NJ, United States)
Mcnamara, E. (General Electric Co. Princeton, NJ, United States)
Switick, D. (General Electric Co. Princeton, NJ, United States)
Bhandari, P. (JPL Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 14, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1990
Subject Category
SPACECRAFT PROPULSION AND POWER
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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