MARINE PROPULSION PLANT - 20,000 SHP CLOSED CYCLE GAS TURBINE OPERATING WITH A NUCLEAR HEAT SOURCE, FEASIBILITY STUDY

The practicability of a 20,000 SHP closed cycle turbine plant operating with a nuclear heat source, for propulsion of a 38,000 ton DWT tanker, is considered to be unquestionable from thermodynamic and mechanical considerations. Results of this study indicate that a design suitable for operating temperatures of at least 1250 F will enhance the plant's acceptablity. From the standpoint of marine applications and international markets, it appears desirable to direct future efforts towards reactors utilizing a gas more available than helium. Furthermore, reactor radiation hazards must be limited to a degree that will permit reasonable access to the machinery compartment for maintenance purposes. This report provides results of thermodynamic investigations, a plant description, details of major components, and recommended research and development programs.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This document ia available for review at the Department of Commerce Library, Main Commerce Building, Washington, D.C., under reference number N-6-M.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Norberg Manufacturing Company

    Milwaukee, WI  USA 

    Sperry Rand Corporation

    Ford Instrument Division, 31-10 Thomson Avenue
    Long Island City, NY  USA 
  • Publication Date: 1957-2-15

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 143 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00026030
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Feas Rpt
  • Contract Numbers: AT(30-3)-250
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 14 1973 12:00AM