Space reactor fuel element testing in upgraded TREAT

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The testing of candidate fuel elements at prototypic operating conditions with respect to temperature, power density, hydrogen coolant flow rate, etc., a crucial component in the development and qualification of nuclear rocket engines based on the Particle Bed Reactor (PBR), NERVA-derivative, and other concepts. Such testing may be performed at existing reactors, or at new facilities. A scoping study has been performed to assess the feasibility of testing PBR based fuel elements at the TREAT reactor. initial results suggest that full-scale PBR, elements could be tested at an average energy deposition of {approximately}60--80 MW-s/L in the current TREAT reactor. If ... continued below

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Todosow, M.; Bezler, P.; Ludewig, H. & Kato, W.Y. May 1, 1993.

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The testing of candidate fuel elements at prototypic operating conditions with respect to temperature, power density, hydrogen coolant flow rate, etc., a crucial component in the development and qualification of nuclear rocket engines based on the Particle Bed Reactor (PBR), NERVA-derivative, and other concepts. Such testing may be performed at existing reactors, or at new facilities. A scoping study has been performed to assess the feasibility of testing PBR based fuel elements at the TREAT reactor. initial results suggest that full-scale PBR, elements could be tested at an average energy deposition of {approximately}60--80 MW-s/L in the current TREAT reactor. If the TREAT reactor was upgraded to include fuel elements with a higher temperature limit, average energy deposition of {approximately}100 MW/L may be achievable.

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  • 10. symposium on space nuclear power and propulsion,Albuquerque, NM (United States),10-14 Jan 1993

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  • Other: DE93012524
  • Report No.: BNL--48700
  • Report No.: CONF-930103--36
  • Grant Number: AC02-76CH00016
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 935270
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc901089

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Todosow, M.; Bezler, P.; Ludewig, H. & Kato, W.Y. Space reactor fuel element testing in upgraded TREAT, article, May 1, 1993; Upton, New York. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc901089/: accessed December 10, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.