Description: The fabrication of heat exchangers and radiators to be used in conjunction with high-temperature nuclear reactors may present exceedingly complex problems. Rigid heat transfer requirements may necessitate the use of compact assemblies of thin-walled small-diameter tubes as integral parts of the heat transfer units. Intricate designs may also be required in which cooling fins must be securely joined to the tubes at closely spaced intervals. In addition to the difficulties in fabrication imposed by the designs themselves, the high operating temperatures involved require the careful selection of materials and joining techniques. The choice of fabrication procedure for a given component must not only be based upon the stresses and temperatures to be encountered, but also upon special factors peculiar to nuclear service. Since many reactor applications employ highly corrosive environments, compatibility of the structural ma terials with the corrosive media is of paramount importance. The low nuclear cross-section require ment for brazing alloys to be used inside the re actor also places stringent limitations on the possible choices of in-pile applications. The use of boron in alloys for certain service may not be considered feasible, for example, because of its high nuclear absorption cross section. Although welding is used extensively in the construction of radiators and heat exchangers, high-temperature brazing is also attractive for several applications. In Fig. 1, a photograph of a liquid-metal-to-air radiator, it can be seen that brazing serves as the most feasible method of attaching cooling fins to thin-walled tubes. Typical of the joints obtainable is that shown in Fig. 2, in which are shown stainless-steel-clad-copper high-conductivity fins2 brazed to an Inconel tube.
Date: November 7, 1956
Creator: Hoffman, E. E.; Leitten, C. F., Jr.; Patriarca, P.; Slaughter, G. M.; Pope, J. E.; Shubert, C. E. et al.
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