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Liquid Fueled Thorium Reactors without equations ∑ x<+- = -* ± An overview of liquid -fueled liquid-cooled thermal spectrum Thorium breeder reactors and why they matter. Rob Morse Science Engineer- Nuclear Option 19 October 2009. Power makes a difference. The Necessities.

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Liquid Fueled Thorium Reactorswithout equations∑x<+-=-*±An overview of liquid-fueled liquid-cooled thermal spectrum Thorium breeder reactors and why they matter.

Rob Morse

Science Engineer- Nuclear Option

19 October 2009


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Power makes a difference.

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The Necessities

  • Self regulating when it is ON

  • Passively safe when it is OFF

  • Inherently safe in case of an ACCIDENT

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Fuel for a lifetime?

You consume a ball of coal 10 meters in diameter…

…or a ball or thorium 37mm in diameter.

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Moderation and nuclear probabilities

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Speed?

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What does it mean if a reactor is extremely temperaturestable?

A power plant with a built in thermostat!

inlet outlet

fuel-coolant

reactivity

temperature

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Improved reactor design

reactivity

temperature

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The Reactor at “idle”

Closed Loop Cooling

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An Efficient Design

Little or no radioactive waste

No bomb materials

Low cost per power delivered

A small physical size

A wide choice of building sites.

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Size matters!

Your nuclear waste is the size of a few grains of rice!

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Lets Make Power

  • The heat transfer fluid (molten salt) is at low pressure.

  • We can use a gas cycle, like a jet engine, at high temperature.

    • This means they can have high efficiency, a 50% reduction in power rejected to the environment per power delivered to the electric grid.

  • These plants can run at partial load.

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THE WORLD IS FLAWED

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