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Time-Dependent Energy Deposition in Inertial Confinement Fusion-Fission Hybrid Reactors

Allen L. Camp, Gary W. Cooper

Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 6 / Number 1 / Pages 83-92

July 1984

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The nature of time-dependent energy deposition in inertial confinement fusion-fission hybrid reactors is examined. This energy deposition is both space and time dependent. Calculations are performed for sodium-cooled, uranium-carbide-fueled blankets. Coolant temperature rises on the order of a few degrees and fuel temperature rises on the order of a few tens of degrees are predicted per 15-MJ target pulse. Significant coolant pressure waves having peak pressures on the order of a few megapascals are predicted; however, shock wave formation in the coolant from direct energy deposition is not predicted for these configurations.

 
 
 
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