Accession Number : ADD001338

Title :   Steady Heat Generating Reactor.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Faeth,Gerard M

Report Date : 01 Oct 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : The present invention relates generally to a steadily operating reactor system which serves as a high temperature source of heat. This invention relates to a reactor which combines halogen or halogenated gases or liquids with molten alkali metals to accomplish the conversion of chemical to thermal energy. These reactants release a relatively large amount of the thermal energy per unit volume and weight. Moreover, their reaction does not result in the formation of gaseous reaction products. Because the volume of the reaction products is almost equal to that of the original alkali metal fuel, reactor systems in the past have merely stored the product material in the original fuel tankage. Such an arrangement allows the system to be operated closed, without connection to the ambient environment. This characteristic is particularly desirable for operating at extreme depths underwater, where the exhaust of combustion gases can be realized only with very great difficulty as a result of the high pressure of the surrounding water. The reactor system of the present invention provides for continuous removal of the reaction products from the reactor.

Descriptors :   *Heaters, *Patents, Energy conversion, Halogen compounds, Alkali metals, Closed cycle systems, Torpedoes, Material separation

Subject Categories : Electric Power Production and Distribution
      Air Condition, Heating, Lighting & Ventilating

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE