Possibilities for improvements in liquid-metal reactors using liquid-metal magnetohydrodynamic energy conversion

Amitzur Z. Barak, Leif Blumenau, H. Branover, A. El-Boher, Ehud Greenspan, E. Spero, S. Sukoriansky

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Abstract

Possibilities for increasing efficiency, simplifying the design of the energy conversion system, and reducing the probability of sodium/water interaction in liquid-metal reactors (LMRs) using liquid-metal magnetohydrodynamic (LMMHD) energy conversion technology are investigated. Of the six different LMMHD power conversion systems considered, the LMMHD Rankine steam cycle offers the highest efficiency - up to 15% greater than a conventional LMR. The LMMHD Ericsson gas cycles, on the other hand, offer a significantly simplified and compact LMR plant design. All the LMMHD power conversion systems eliminate the sodium/water interaction problem. In addition to commercial applications, LMMHD energy conversion technology opens interesting new possibilities for special terrestrial as well as space applications of LMRs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-51
Number of pages16
JournalNuclear Technology
Volume89
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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