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Nuclear Thermal Rockets. Brice Cassenti University of Connecticut. Nuclear Energy. Relativity Fission energy Radioactive decay Cross-sections Nuclear thermal rockets. Relativistic Energy. For all particles For photons For. Binding Energy. Fission of 92 U 235. Fission Process.

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Nuclear thermal rockets

Nuclear Thermal Rockets

Brice Cassenti

University of Connecticut


Nuclear energy

Nuclear Energy

  • Relativity

  • Fission energy

  • Radioactive decay

  • Cross-sections

  • Nuclear thermal rockets


Relativistic energy

Relativistic Energy

  • For all particles

  • For photons

  • For


Binding energy

Binding Energy


Fission of 92 u 235

Fission of 92U235


Fission process

Fission Process


Radioactive decay

Radioactive Decay

  • Consider uranium alpha decay

  • Decay rate is proportional to number left

  • Activity measured in Sieverts


Fission fragment decay

Fission Fragment Decay


Fission fragment size

Fission Fragment Size


Neutrons emitted

Neutrons Emitted


Neutron energy

Neutron Energy


Cross section

Cross-Section

  • Cross-section = s

  • Units

    • 1 barn=10-24cm2


Uranium fission cross sections

Uranium Fission Cross-Sections


Some cross sections in barns

Some Cross-Sections in barns


Neutron moderator

Neutron Moderator


Scattering cross sections

Scattering Cross-Sections


Reactor schematic

Reactor Schematic


Nuclear thermal propulsion

Nuclear Thermal Propulsion

  • Solid Core

    • 850-950 second Specific Impulse

  • Gas Core

    • 1800-1950 second Specific Impulse


Solid core schematic

Solid Core Schematic


Nerva program

NERVA Program


Nerva core fuel rods

NERVA Core & Fuel Rods


Core layout

Core Layout


Gas core rocket

Gas Core Rocket


Nuclear light bulb

Nuclear Light Bulb


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