Rob Morse Science Engineer- Nuclear Option 19 October 2009

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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

LFTR wo Equations. Thorium power conference, Oct 2009

- Self regulating when it is ON
- Passively safe when it is OFF
- Inherently safe in case of an ACCIDENT

LFTR wo Equations. Thorium power conference, Oct 2009

You consume a ball of coal 10 meters in diameter…

…or a ball or thorium 37mm in diameter.

LFTR wo Equations. Thorium power conference, Oct 2009

LFTR wo Equations. Thorium power conference, Oct 2009

LFTR wo Equations. Thorium power conference, Oct 2009

A power plant with a built in thermostat!

inlet outlet

fuel-coolant

reactivity

temperature

LFTR wo Equations. Thorium power conference, Oct 2009

reactivity

temperature

LFTR wo Equations. Thorium power conference, Oct 2009

The Reactor at “idle”

Closed Loop Cooling

LFTR wo Equations. Thorium power conference, Oct 2009

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.

LFTR wo Equations. Thorium power conference, Oct 2009

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

LFTR wo Equations. Thorium power conference, Oct 2009

- 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.

LFTR wo Equations. Thorium power conference, Oct 2009

THE WORLD IS FLAWED

LFTR wo Equations. Thorium power conference, Oct 2009