A HIGH POWER AND HIGH EFFICIENCY, SPACE BASED, NUCLEAR MDH CYCLE, AND ITS TERRESTRIAL SIMULATION USING A CHEMICAL HEAT SOURCE

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$490,000.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
3483
Agency Tracking Number:
3483
Solicitation Year:
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Solicitation Topic Code:
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Solicitation Number:
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Small Business Information
P.o. Box 154, Merion, PA, 19066
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Bert Zauderer
Principal Investigator
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
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Abstract
A NOVEL CHEMICAL FUEL, FIRED COMBUSTOR IS PROPOSED FOR USE AS A LOW COST HEAT SOURCE TO SIMULATE A CLASS OF NUCLEAR REACTORS, INCLUDING THE SOLID CORE, COLLOID CORE, AND GAS CORE NUCLEAR REACTORS, WHICH OPERATE AT PEAK STAGNATION TEMPERATURES BETWEEN 2000-5000OK. SINCE THIS TEMPERATURE RANGE IS COMPATIBLE WITH NON-EQULIBRIUM, MHD GENERATORS, WE ALSO PROPOSE TO DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF USING A HIGH EFFICIENCY, HYBRID BRAYTON-RANKINE CYCLE AS A SPACE BASED NUCLEAR-MHD POWER SYSTEM. THE COMBUSTOR ALLOWS THE HEATING OF THE MHD GENERATOR WORKING FLUID TO CONDITIONS THAT CAN SHARPLY INCREASE THE GENERATOR PERFORMANCE FAR BEYOND THE BEST LEVELS ACHIEVED TO-DATE. IN PHASE I OF THE PROJECT, THE PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COMBUSTOR WILL BE DETERMINED FROM NUCLEAR-MHD CYCLE ANALYSES, AND MHD GENERATOR ANALYSES. THE OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE CONDITIONS WILLBE SELECTED FOR A COMCEPTUAL DESIGN OF A CHEMICAL FUEL, COMBUSTOR-MHD SYSTEM. THE OUTPUT OF THE STUDY WILL BE THE CONCEPTUAL DESIGN OF THE NOVEL CHEMICAL FUEL FIRED COMBUSTOR-MHD SYSTEM, AT A SCALE SUITABLE FOR LOW COST EXPERIMENTAL VERIFICATION IN SUBSQUENTPROJECT PHASES. VALIDATION OF THE PROPOSED COMBUSTOR CONCEPT WOULD REPRESENT A MAJOR ADVANCE IN HIGH POWER GENERATION TECHNOLOGY, FOR BOTH PULSED AND CONTINUOUS APPLICATIONS. ANOTHER OUTPUT OF THE STUDY WILL DETERMINATE THE PERFORMANCE POTENTIAL OF A NOVEL HYBRID BRAYTON-RANKLINEMHD POWER CYCLE, USING THE ABOVE NUCLEAR REACTORS AS A HEAT SOURCE.

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