CORE PHYSICS ANALYSIS OF A CLOSED CYCLE BOILING WATER REACTOR FOR THE PROPULSION OF A MERCHANT SHIP

This report reviews the activities engaged in by the staff during Phase 1 of the Maritime Reactor Core Physics Analysis Program. Phase 1 established reference values for a water-to-fuel material ratio, the nuclear fuel mixture and the fuel loading. Long term reactivity effects were investigated on the basis of these values and nuclear fuel costs were determined. The core physics analysis of the Maritime Reactor was directed toward the design of a reliable and economical reactor system. A reliable core design demands inherent nuclear stability and safety under a variety of operating conditions. In addition, the control system must provide ease of reactor operation, coupled with sufficient flexibility for controlling the transients encountered during normal reactor operation. An economical reactor design necessitates the efficient use of the nuclear fuel through optimization of its breeding characteristics. This report presents a core physics design for the proposed Maritime Reactor, the primary objectives of which are reliability and economy.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This document is available for review at the Department of Commerce Library, Main Commerce Building, Washington, D.C., under reference number AMF-GR-28-57.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Machine and Foundry Company

    AMF Atomics
    Uncasville, CT  USA  06382
  • Authors:
    • Grinoch, P
    • Loeffler, M
    • Vollmer, R H
  • Publication Date: 1957-9-25

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 62 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00026011
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Administration
  • Contract Numbers: MA-1263
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 14 1973 12:00AM