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.
- This document ia available for review at the Department of Commerce Library, Main Commerce Building, Washington, D.C., under reference number N-6-M.
Norberg Manufacturing CompanyMilwaukee, WI USA
Sperry Rand CorporationFord Instrument Division, 31-10 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City, NY USA
- Publication Date: 1957-2-15
- Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
- Pagination: 143 p.
- TRT Terms: Gas turbines; Nuclear power plants; Nuclear powered ships; Propulsion
- Subject Areas: Marine Transportation; Vehicles and Equipment;
- 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