SNAP-III--Thermoelectric Generator Radiological Safety Analysis Metadata

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  • Main Title SNAP-III--Thermoelectric Generator Radiological Safety Analysis


  • Author: Dix, G. P.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Dobry, T. J., Jr.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Guinn, P.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Sponsor: United States. Department of Energy.
    Contributor Type: Organization
    Contributor Info: USDOE


  • Name: Martin Company. Nuclear Division.
    Place of Publication: Baltimore, Maryland


  • Creation: 1959-02-01


  • English


  • Content Description: A radiological safety analysis is presented for the SNAP-III thermoelectric generator. Since the fuel of the device is polonium-210, a toxic radioisotope, certain safety measures have been designed into the device and its shipping container to prevent a release of the contaminant into any environment during normal operation or a catastrophic accident. Once containment is assured, the direct radiation problem is considered. It has been shown that the direct radiation from the thermal source is kept within tolerance limits by surrounding materials and spatial and temporal factors. It must be emphasized that this device should not be deliberately abused or mishandled since this would serve to increase the probability of accident. The device has been evaluated with respect to internal forces such as heat and helium pressure and external forces such as impact and chemical attack. The mechanical thermal and chemical integrity of the thermoelectric generator is shown to be quite reliable. The basic physical, chemical, thermal, atomic and nuclear characteristics of polonium-210 have been presented. Potential internal and external radiation hazards have been set forth. (auth)
  • Physical Description: Pages: 27


  • Keyword: Fuels
  • Keyword: Chemical Reactions
  • Keyword: Nesdps Office Of Nuclear Energy Space And Defense Power Systems
  • Keyword: Atoms
  • Keyword: Pressure
  • Keyword: Thermal Radiation
  • Keyword: Contamination
  • Keyword: Radioactivity
  • Keyword: Radiation Effects
  • Keyword: Helium
  • Keyword: Polonium 210
  • Keyword: Toxicity
  • Keyword: Mechanical Properties
  • Keyword: Thermal Stresses
  • Keyword: Nuclear Reactions
  • Keyword: Chemistry
  • Keyword: Transport
  • Keyword: Vessels Nesdps Office Of Nuclear Energy Space And Defense Power Systems
  • Keyword: Radioisotopes
  • Keyword: Thermoelectricity
  • Keyword: Safety
  • Keyword: Environment


  • Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-59


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • Report No.: MND-P-2513
  • Grant Number: None
  • DOI: 10.2172/4288904
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 4288904
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1019914


  • Display Note: NTIS