Resources Contact Us Home
Actinide nitride-fueled reactor and continuous method of operating the same

Image Number 4 for United States Patent #4234383.

An actinide nitride-fueled nuclear reactor and a method of operation therefor, including continuous in situ removal of fission products and optional addition of fuel-forming actinide material as the reaction proceeds. The reactor employed has a fuel system comprising a critical mass of a nitride of an actinide metal in contact with a non-critical solution of the actinide metal in a molten metal solvent of low neutron adsorption cross section such as tin, said fuel system being maintained under a nitrogen atmosphere in an inert, refractory vessel such as graphite which is non-conducive to the formation of actinide oxides. Fission products formed are continuously exchanged with the actinide metal dissolved in the molten metal solvent as the nuclear reaction proceeds, with equivalent amounts of actinide nitride being formed and precipitated into the critical mass as fission products are dissolved in the molten metal solution. Temperature excursions tend to be suppressed by the nitride decomposition which ensues as temperatures are increased without any balancing increase in nitrogen pressures to restore the equilibrium.

  Recently Added Patents
Information processing using batch setting information
Materials for organic electroluminescent devices containing substituted 10-benzo[c]phenanthrenes
HSP20 inhibits amyloidogenesis and neurotoxicity
MIM capacitor and associated production method
Method and system for checking citations
Engineered enzymes with methionine-gamma-lyase enzymes and pharmacological preparations thereof
Low cost mesh network capability
  Randomly Featured Patents
Digital broadcast receiving apparatus
Continuous monitoring using a predictive instrument
Combustor-transition-piece guide jig and method of detaching and attaching combustor of gas turbine
Data identification method and apparatus
Time-multiplexed multi-program encryption system
Electrostatic device for gating electromagnetic radiation
Apparatus for controlling the viscosity of wire coating enamel
Indexable milling insert
Semiconductor device package substrate probe fixture
Compositions based on silicon-containing resins having hydrolyzable groups