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Engineering design aspects of the heat-pipe power systemThe Heat-pipe Power System (HPS) is a near-term, low-cost space power system designed at Los Alamos that can provide up to 1,000 kWt for many space nuclear applications. The design of the reactor is simple, modular, and adaptable. The basic design allows for the use of a variety of power conversion systems and reactor materials (including the fuel, clad, and heat pipes). This paper describes a project that was undertaken to develop a database supporting many engineering aspects of the HPS design. The specific tasks discussed in this paper are: the development of an HPS materials database, the creation of finite element models that will allow a wide variety of investigations, and the verification of past calculations.
Document ID
19990027477
Document Type
Other
Authors
Capell, B. M. (NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Houts, M. G. (NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Poston, D. I. (NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Berte, M. (NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Date Acquired
August 19, 2013
Publication Date
October 31, 1997
Subject Category
Spacecraft Propulsion and Power
Report/Patent Number
LA-UR-97-4364
DE98-003307
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: W-7405-eng-36
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
Keywords
SPACECRAFT POWER SUPPLIES
SPACE POWER REACTORS
HEAT PIPES