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Subject: Re: Hybird nuclear raector
Date: Oct 03, 11:08 pm
Poster: Dave Cooper

On Oct 03, 11:08 pm, Dave Cooper wrote:

>I estimate that with an output in the 10>15 neutron per second range if moderated to thermal velocities resulting in efficient burning of an enriched uranium blanket could in theory product approx. 20Kw of power ( I am estimating approx 200Mev per reaction for 10>15 reactions yielding 200>21 ev. or 20Kw) Are my numbers correct?
>Such a power plant could be quite small to power a car ar aircraft and of course inherently safe from problems of melt down. Of course there would still be radioactive waste to deal with but ther always is.
comments and constructive criticism welcome.

Just a note on the energy conversions.... Using the numbers given: 200 MEV x 10^15 /sec = 2x10^23 ev/sec. At 1.6x10^-19 joules/ev, this would give about 3.2 x10^4 joules/sec or 32kW.

This would be a fairly small output for all but the smallest vehicles. Most really need > 100 kW to be of any practical use.

Also as has been observed, 10^15 neutrons/sec is about 6 to 9 orders of magnitude above what fusors now can do.

Dave Cooper