URANIUM ARC FISSION REACTOR

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$48,901.00
Award Year:
1991
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
15690
Agency Tracking Number:
15690
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1663 Technology Avenue, Alachua, FL, 32615
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Richard T Scheider
Principal Investigator
(904) 462-2666
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
URANIUM ARC TECHNOLOGY IS BEING DEVELOPED FOR SPACE NUCLEAR THERMAL AND ELCTRIC PROPULSION REACTORS WHERE THE ARC IS DRIVEN MAINLY BY FISSION ENERGY AND REQUIRES LITTLE ELECTRICAL ENERGY INPUT. IT OPERATES AT 10,000K, AND TRANSFERS ITS ENERGY TO THE PROPELLANT OR WORKING FLUID VIA OPTICAL RADIATOR. THE PROPULSION TURBOCHARGER OR AFTERBURNER CAN ELEVATE FLUID TEMPERATURES TO LEVELS ABOVE THE MELTING POINT OF ANY MATERIAL (ABOVE 4000K), WHICH BRINGS VERY HIGH SPECIFIC IMPULSE PROPULSION OR ULTRAHIGH TEMPERATURE POWER CONVERSION. FOR SPACE POWER PLATFORMS, THE RESULTANT IMPROVED EFFICIENCY MEANS REDUCED AND EASIER WASTE HEAT REJECTION AND THUS A MORE COMPACT, LOWER MASS REACTOR DESIGN. THE TECHNOLOGY IS ALSO APPLICABLE FOR MORE EFFICIENT AND SAFER GROUND-BASED ELECTRIC POWER GENERATION. A SPINOFF DEVELOPMENT IS THE TECHNOLOGY FOR HANDLING URANIUM AND ITS COMPOUNDS IN LIQUID AND VAPOR FORMS.

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