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PostPosted: Dec 10, 2017 9:48 pm 
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Atomic Insights: Challenging established paradigms in one of the world’s largest industries

Read the comments. Rod Adams is positively apologetic for Leslie's gross technical errors. Would that he showed such latitude to other designs.


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PostPosted: Feb 06, 2018 9:31 am 
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I see there is some more papers posted at the bottom of their main page, Neutronics White Paper v1.1 and ORNL-TM-2017-475, that shed more light on their moderator rod design. Appendix A in Neutronics White Paper v1.1 shows a rod radius of 1.25 cm, and silicon carbide in Table A.1 as part of the material composition. In ORNL-TM-2017-475 shows the cladding thickness at 0.1 cm in Table 1.

Seems to me that these folks are betting the farm on the ability of this cladding to survive the harsh environment of the reactor core. And I'm not sure what is driving such faith, other than "it would be really great if..."

Oh well.

Jim L.


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Transatomic winding down

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"will open-source all its intellectual property, making it available for other researchers"


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PostPosted: Sep 26, 2018 12:44 pm 
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Is the winding down of Transatomic Power also not a tacit admission that the unique selling point of their MSR design, the zirconium hydride moderator, is basically unworkable ?


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PostPosted: Oct 02, 2018 12:29 am 
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If you really want to go for a thermal MSR, perhaps a calandra design with fuel in tubes and a low vapor pressure organic moderator/coolant in the drum may be the right approach. A plutonium-thorium fuel could meet the requirement. Higher the coolant temperature, higher the thermal efficiency.


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