Heat pipe material compatibility concerns for a remote reactor [electronic resource].
- Los Alamos, N.M. : Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1985. and Oak Ridge, Tenn. : Distributed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
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- Pages: 13 : digital, PDF file
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- Los Alamos National Laboratory and United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information
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- A current remote reactor power supply design is based on the use of heat pipes to transfer heat from a graphite reactor core to the power conversion system at an operating temperature in the 770 to 870/sup 0/K range. This temperature dictates that the heat pipe working fluid be potassium. Prior tests have shown both austenitic stainless steels and zirconium alloys are compatible with potassium in this temperature range. Several additional material compatibility lifetime issues and test results are discussed. Included are potassium-graphite core reactions, zirconium-graphite core reactions, and the effect of impurities on heat pipe lifetime.
- Published through SciTech Connect., 01/01/1985., "la-ur-85-1535", " conf-850808-8", "DE85012690", 20. intersociety energy conversion engineering conference, Miami Beach, FL, USA, 18 Aug 1985., and Avery, J.G.
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