Mobile energy depot feasibility study: summary report

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Declassified 28 Aug 1973. Various methods of producing and using nuclear power for military land vehicles and other military equipment were investigated and evaluated. A nuclear-powered mobile energy depot (MED) would move with advancing armies and produce vehicle fuels from materials readily available in the field. This would make mechanized units independent of external fuel supplies for extended periods, and permit them to move quickly and easily to areas impossible for units that depend on the customary fuel supply lines. Many possible MED systems were evaluated on the basis of energy sources, fuel manufacturing (by both conventional and chemonuclear processes), ... continued below

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Burwell, S.B.; Carlson, J.A.; Clark, R.G.; Donelan, L.E.; Erwin, A.F.; Grimes, P.G. et al. July 13, 1962.

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Declassified 28 Aug 1973. Various methods of producing and using nuclear power for military land vehicles and other military equipment were investigated and evaluated. A nuclear-powered mobile energy depot (MED) would move with advancing armies and produce vehicle fuels from materials readily available in the field. This would make mechanized units independent of external fuel supplies for extended periods, and permit them to move quickly and easily to areas impossible for units that depend on the customary fuel supply lines. Many possible MED systems were evaluated on the basis of energy sources, fuel manufacturing (by both conventional and chemonuclear processes), fuel storage and transportation, and fuel utilization in both present-day internal-combustion engines and power units of the future (i.e., fuel cells). The applications of more than a dozen MED systems to vehicular propulsion were studied. (auth)

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  • Other Information: Declassified 28 Aug 1973. Orig. Receipt Date: 30-JUN-74

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  • Report No.: ACNP--62015-A
  • Grant Number: AT(30-1)-2931
  • DOI: 10.2172/4307142 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 4307142
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1021779

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Burwell, S.B.; Carlson, J.A.; Clark, R.G.; Donelan, L.E.; Erwin, A.F.; Grimes, P.G. et al. Mobile energy depot feasibility study: summary report, report, July 13, 1962; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1021779/: accessed July 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.