Master of Science (MS)
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NERVA-Derived Reactor Coolant Channel Model for Mars Mission Applications presents the results of a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) study of a 1.3m NERVA-Derived Reactor (NDR) coolant channel; The CFD code FLOW-3D was used to model the flow of gaseous hydrogen through the core of a NDR. Hydrogen passes through the core by way of coolant channels, acting as the coolant for the reactor as well as the propellant for the rocket. Hydrogen enters the channel in a high density/low temperature state and exits in a low density/high temperature state necessitating the use of a compressible model. Design specifications from a technical paper were used for the model; It was determined that the pressure drop across the length of the channel was higher than previously estimated (0.9 MPa), indicating the possible need for more powerful coolant pumps and a re-evaluation of the design specifications.
Application; Channel; Coolant; Derived; Mars; Mission; Model; Nerva; Reactor
Mechanical engineering; Aerospace engineering; Nuclear engineering
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Porta, Edward W, "Nerva-derived reactor coolant channel model for Mars mission applications" (1995). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 472.