Development and engineering modifications of the HTRE-1 reactor for use as a nuclear steam generator meet maritime and operational safety requirements. The nuclear steam generator consists of a water-moderated air-cooled reactor, a boiler, shielding, and accessory equipment. The air flows through the reactor, is heated, and then passes over the steam tubes where the heat is extracted. From the boiler it is routed through a single stage blower and then back into the reactor inlet to repeat the process. The coolant air is completely contained within the pressure vessel throughout the closed cycle. This system is smaller and lighter than other nuclear systems proposed for marine service. It is designed to deliver high-quality steam (850 psi, 950 F) or lower quality steam if required. Safety, reliability, operation and maintenance, and cost factors indicate HTRE-1 technology applied to maritime propulsions is both feasible and practical.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This document is available for review at the Department of Commerce Library, Main Commerce Building, Washington, D.C., under reference number GEMP-108.
  • Corporate Authors:

    General Electric

    Marine Turbine & Gear Engineer, 1100 Western Ave
    Lynn, MA  United States  01910
  • Publication Date: 1962-4-6

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 222 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00026477
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GEMP-108
  • Contract Numbers: AT(40-1)-2847
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 14 1973 12:00AM