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Neutronics Of A Coupled Multiple Chamber Gaseous Core Reactor Power System
Author(s): Mathew M. Panicker; Edward T. Dugan; Samim Anghaie
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Paper Abstract

Pulsed Gaseous Core Nuclear Reactor Systems have undergone theoretical and experimental investigations at the University of Florida. The results of these research efforts indicate that the pulsed gaseous core reactor has attractive features for space power generation. Currently a main focus of research is a bimodal gaseous core reactor system capable of burst mode and station keeping mode operation. This bimodal reactor system consists of a large, central, cylindrical high power pulsed gaseous core surrounded by an inner beryllium moderating reflector region. This is in turn surrounded by an annular ring of small cylindrical, low power, pulsed gas core chambers which are followed by an outer beryllium moderating reflector region. Static neutronic analyses have examined the effects of variations in core gas loadings, core size and reflector thickness on neutron multiplication factor, neutron generation time, core-to-core neutron coupling coefficients and core-to-core neutron transit or delay times. Dynamic neutronic studies have also been performed using coupled core point reactor kinetics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 April 1988
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 0871, Space Structures, Power, and Power Conditioning, (6 April 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.943626
Show Author Affiliations
Mathew M. Panicker, University of Florida (United States)
Edward T. Dugan, University of Florida (United States)
Samim Anghaie, University of Florida (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0871:
Space Structures, Power, and Power Conditioning
Raymond F. Askew, Editor(s)

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