U.S. Reactor Containment Technology: a Compilation of Current Practice in Analysis, Design, Construction, Test, and Operation, Volume 1 Page: 1-40
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ORNL Dwg. 64-194
Fig. 1.8. Organic-Cooled Reactor.
1.3.5 Fused-Salt Reactors
Fused inorganic materials, such as the fluoride salts of uranium,
lithium, beryllium, zirconium, and thorium, show promise of providing
a circulating-fuel power reactor system of low pressure and high tem-
perature. The Molten Salt Reactor Experiment (MSRE) will use a coolant-
fuel of this type and will employ a graphite moderator. It is being
built to operate at a temperature of greater than 12000F and a pressure
of less than 50 psig. Much of the technology for this concept was de-
veloped for the now discontinued aircraft reactor project.
The MSRE will use a pressure-containment shell and possess the capa-
bility for pressure suppression. This enabled the reactor to be placed
in an existing containment vessel originally intended for use in the air-
craft reactor project. Otherwise the reactor design accident pressure
for total containment would have exceeded the permissible pressure of
the existing vessel. Reactors of this concept could be contained ade-
quately by total containment structures of the high- or low-pressure type
if they were designed specifically for the particular reactor. Pressure-
relief containment would probably not be satisfactory, since the fuel is
an integral part of the coolant.
PRIMARY SYSTEM CONDITIONS
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Cottrell, William B. & Savolainen, A. W. U.S. Reactor Containment Technology: a Compilation of Current Practice in Analysis, Design, Construction, Test, and Operation, Volume 1, report, August 1965; Oak Ridge, Tennessee. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc101033/m1/68/: accessed March 25, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.