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National Museum of Nuclear Science and History explores “atomic” culture
For many of us, the toys of our childhood leave indelible marks on our consciousness, affecting our long-term perceptions and attitudes about certain things. Hot Wheels may inspire a lifelong fascination with fast, flashy automobiles, while Barbies might shape ideas about beauty and self-image. For the generation who grew up during the Atomic Age—the post–World War II era from roughly the mid-1940s to the early 1960s—the toys, games, and entertainment of their childhoods might have included things like atomic pistols, atomic trains, rings with tiny amounts of radioactive elements, and comic books, puzzles, and music about nuclear weapons.
Ming Zhi Huang, Chong Zhou, Pu Yang, Wei Shi Wan, Zuo Kang Lin, Ye Dai
Nuclear Technology | Volume 209 | Number 1 | January 2023 | Pages 15-36
Technical Paper | doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2022.2096390
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The existing thermal neutron molten salt reactor design has a complicated online processing system that has many technical difficulties. A thorium-based molten salt fast energy amplifier (TMSFEA) driven by a proton accelerator can operate stably for nearly 40 years at a rated thermal power of 300 MW without online processing. In order to simplify the core structure of TMSFEA, the core design is based on a hollow and moderator-free cylindrical geometry. The molten salt in the core serves as both fuel salt and spallation target. In this paper, based on the previous TMSFEA core neutron physics design, the core thermal-hydraulic design principles of TMSFEA are proposed, and a detailed core design with specific core structures as well as three-dimensional core thermal-hydraulic performance are obtained. Through computational fluid dynamics steady-state analysis, the arrangement of the core inlet and outlet and the shape of the core sidewall are optimized. Suitable distribution plates and skirt plates are proposed, and two corresponding lower plenum structures are designed to improve the flow field in the core. This study provides TMSFEA with core structures that meet the thermal-hydraulic design principles and also provides ideas for similar hollow reactor core designs.