Balance-of-plant options for the Heat-Pipe Power System

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The Heat-Pipe Power System (HPS) is a near-term, low-cost space fission power system with the potential for utilizing various option for balance-of-plant options. The following options have been studied: a low-power thermoelectric design (14-kWe output), a small Brayton cycle system (60--75 kWe), and a large Brayton cycle system (250 kWe). These systems were analyzed on a preliminary basis, including mass, volume, and structure calculations. These analyses have shown that the HPS system can provide power outputs from 10--250 kWe with specific powers of {approximately} 14 W/kg for a 14-kWe model to {approximately} 100 W/kg for a 250-kWe model. The system ... continued below

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Berte, M. & Capell, B. September 1, 1997.

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  • Berte, M. Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, MA (United States). Nuclear Engineering Dept.
  • Capell, B. Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor, MI (United States). Nuclear Engineering Dept.

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The Heat-Pipe Power System (HPS) is a near-term, low-cost space fission power system with the potential for utilizing various option for balance-of-plant options. The following options have been studied: a low-power thermoelectric design (14-kWe output), a small Brayton cycle system (60--75 kWe), and a large Brayton cycle system (250 kWe). These systems were analyzed on a preliminary basis, including mass, volume, and structure calculations. These analyses have shown that the HPS system can provide power outputs from 10--250 kWe with specific powers of {approximately} 14 W/kg for a 14-kWe model to {approximately} 100 W/kg for a 250-kWe model. The system designs considered in this study utilize a common component base to permit easy expansion and development.

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  • Space technology and applications international forum, Albuquerque, NM (United States), 25-29 Jan 1998

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  • Other: DE98002645
  • Report No.: LA-UR--97-4020
  • Report No.: CONF-980103--
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 292818
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc683973

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Berte, M. & Capell, B. Balance-of-plant options for the Heat-Pipe Power System, article, September 1, 1997; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc683973/: accessed October 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.