TORY II-A--A NUCLEAR RAMJET TEST REACTOR

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The design of Tory II-A is essentially complete and construction of the reactor and of its test facility is in progress. Test operation of the reactor is scheduled at a total power of 160 megawatts, with 800 pounds of air per second passing through the core and emerging at 2000 deg F. The core, 3 ft in dia and 41/ 2 ft long, will be composed of bundled ceramic tubes whose central holes will provide continuous air passages from end to end of a homogeneous mixture of UO/ sub 2/ fuel and BeO moderator, compacted and sintered to achieve high ... continued below

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Hadley, J.W. ed. November 1, 1959.

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The design of Tory II-A is essentially complete and construction of the reactor and of its test facility is in progress. Test operation of the reactor is scheduled at a total power of 160 megawatts, with 800 pounds of air per second passing through the core and emerging at 2000 deg F. The core, 3 ft in dia and 41/ 2 ft long, will be composed of bundled ceramic tubes whose central holes will provide continuous air passages from end to end of a homogeneous mixture of UO/ sub 2/ fuel and BeO moderator, compacted and sintered to achieve high strength and density. Surrounding the core will be a thick graphite reflector containing moveable B-loaded nuclear control elements. The entire reactor, together with control actuators, a duct to bring coolant air up to and away from the core, and other auxiliaries, will be mounted on a railroad flatcar for convenient transportation between assembly-disassembly shops and the test point. A group of steel tanks will store 100,000 pounds of air, enough to cool the reactor at full power for at least a minute, with sufficient reserve for startup and shutdown phases. In addition, blowers will furnish a continuous supply of air at a much lower rate for lowpower operation and for protracted cooling after a fullpower run. Operatton of the reactor will be controlled from a building about 2 miles distant from the test point. In addition to information on Inlet air conditions and on neutron fiux level which will be necessary for reactor control, very extensive data on air and structure temperatures throughout the reactor, on air pressure distribution, and on strain and vibration in the reactor will be transmitted to the control building for display and recording. A heavily shielded disassembly building, fitted with remote-handling equipment, will provide for inspection and repair during the course of test operations, as well as dismantling of the reactor after completion of teste, to permit thorough examination of components. (auth)

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  • Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-63

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  • Report No.: UCRL-5484(Del.)
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • DOI: 10.2172/4709933 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 4709933
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1034235

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Hadley, J.W. ed. TORY II-A--A NUCLEAR RAMJET TEST REACTOR, report, November 1, 1959; California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1034235/: accessed January 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.