Nuclear heat source component design considerations for HTGR process heat reactor plant concept

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The coupling of a high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) and a chemical process facility has the potential for long-term synthetic fuel production (i.e., oil, gasoline, aviation fuel, hydrogen, etc) using coal as the carbon source. Studies are in progress to exploit the high-temperature capability of an advanced HTGR variant for nuclear process heat. The process heat plant discussed in this paper has a 1170-MW(t) reactor as the heat source and the concept is based on indirect reforming, i.e., the high-temperature nuclear thermal energy is transported (via an intermediate heat exchanger (IHX)) to the externally located process plant by a secondary helium ... continued below

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McDonald, C.F.; Kapich, D.; King, J.H. & Venkatesh, M.C. May 1, 1982.

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The coupling of a high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) and a chemical process facility has the potential for long-term synthetic fuel production (i.e., oil, gasoline, aviation fuel, hydrogen, etc) using coal as the carbon source. Studies are in progress to exploit the high-temperature capability of an advanced HTGR variant for nuclear process heat. The process heat plant discussed in this paper has a 1170-MW(t) reactor as the heat source and the concept is based on indirect reforming, i.e., the high-temperature nuclear thermal energy is transported (via an intermediate heat exchanger (IHX)) to the externally located process plant by a secondary helium transport loop. Emphasis is placed on design considerations for the major nuclear heat source (NHS) components, and discussions are presented for the reactor core, prestressed concrete reactor vessel (PCRV), rotating machinery, and heat exchangers.

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NTIS, PC A02/MF A01.

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  • 17. Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering conference, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 8 Aug 1982

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  • Other: DE82016248
  • Report No.: GA-A-16716
  • Report No.: CONF-820814-13
  • Grant Number: AT03-76SF70046
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5334530
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1065262

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McDonald, C.F.; Kapich, D.; King, J.H. & Venkatesh, M.C. Nuclear heat source component design considerations for HTGR process heat reactor plant concept, article, May 1, 1982; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1065262/: accessed August 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.