The purpose of this study is to evaluate various techniques for pretesting and installing nuclear prototype power plants in merchant ships, and to develop that technique offering the widest general application using time, cost, and safety as essential criteria. Four basic schemes for the installation were conceived using a 32,790 dwt bulk oil tanker and a gas-cooled reactor system generating superheated steam as reference designs are presented. Scheme 1, erecting and testing the reactor in a newly constructed hull section that replaces an equivelant section of the ship's hull after testing is recommended. The testing program, test facilities, hazards and safeguards are discussed. Design development of the test vehicle, nuclear power plant, and test vehicle production schedule are presented. The nuclear power plant testing program, test site requirements and hazards evaluation are provided. Engineering, heat balance, and the electrical system are illustrated by schematic diagrams.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This document is available for review at the Department of Commerce Library, Main Commerce Building, Washington, D.C., under reference number FICo-112
  • Corporate Authors:

    Ford Instrument Company


    Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Company

  • Publication Date: 1960-2

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 161 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00027616
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FICo-112
  • Contract Numbers: MA-1893
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 9 1973 12:00AM