Accession Number : AD0289540

Title :   PARAMETRIC STUDY OF DIRECT CONVERSION REACTOR POWER SYSTEMS

Corporate Author : GENERAL DYNAMICS SAN DIEGO CALIF GENERAL ATOMIC DIV

Personal Author(s) : WRIGHT,W.B. JR.

Report Date : 31 OCT 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : A mathematical formulation of thermionic-cell dynamics for use in thermionic reactor design is developed. The formulation developed was incorporated into a digital computer code. This code was used in conjunction with neutronicsAND HEAT TRANSFER CALCULATIONS TO INVESTIGATE THE INTERRELATED THERMIONIC-NEUTRONIC-HEATTRANSFER PROBLEMS OF THERMIONIC REACTOR DESIGN. Two main problem areas in the nuclear design of water-cooled thermionic reactors, i.e., the inherently large parasitic capture in thermionic cells and the power-flattening problem, are discussed. In order to define the problems that might arise in the design of an actual thermionic reactor plant, a conceptual design study of a 1-Mw(e) water-cooled thermionic reactor system was undertaken. Tungsten-clad emitters were purposely used in this study in order to evaluate the suitability of using materials with very high parasitic capture rates in a water-cooled system. (Author)

Descriptors :   *ELECTRIC POWER PRODUCTION, *HEAT TRANSFER, *LIGHT WATER REACTORS, *NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS, *REACTOR CORES, *REACTOR KINETICS, *REACTOR THEORY, *THERMODYNAMICS, ENERGY CONVERSION, POWER

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE