This report is divided into four distinct and exclusive sections. The first portion concerns itself with the possible forms of elements which would be applicable to a closed cycle gas-cooled reactor, and with the types and characteristics of some of the possible control rod materials. Section Two compares helium, nitrogen and carbon dioxide as reactor coolants and concludes that helium is the best choice for cycle working fluid. The third section evaluates those hazards which are common to a normal civilian reactor power plant and those which are unique as a result of the maritime application of the plant. It concludes that the gas-cooled reactor compares favorably with the pressurized water reactor for maritime propulsion. The final section presents an economic analysis of the capital and operating costs of both a conventional oil-fired tanker and a proposed nuclear-powered tanker of equal displacement. It reports that the desirability of a nuclear-powered tanker increases with the size of the vessel and with the percentage of sea vs. port time.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This document is available for review at the Department of Commerce Library, Main Commerce Building, Washington, D.C., under reference number EICO-103.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Sperry Rand Corporation

    Ford Instrument Division, 31-10 Thomson Avenue
    Long Island City, NY  United States 
  • Publication Date: 1957-8-27

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 96 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00026027
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FICO-103 Final Rpt
  • Contract Numbers: AT (30-3)-250
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1974 12:00AM