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A Heat Pipe Cooled Modular Reactor Concept for Manned Lunar Base Application

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Gu Hu, Shouzhi Zhao, Zhiyong Sun, Chengzhi Yao

China Institute of Atomic Energy, Beijing, China

Paper No. ICONE21-16006, pp. V002T05A031; 9 pages
  • 2013 21st International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 2: Plant Systems, Construction, Structures and Components; Next Generation Reactors and Advanced Reactors
  • Chengdu, China, July 29–August 2, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5579-9
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


A lithium heat pipe cooled modular fast reactor (HPCMR) power system concept has been developed for manned lunar base application. The system is designed to use the static thermoelectric conversion module to produce over 100kW electricity for up to ten years. Waste heat is rejected by potassium heat pipe radiator. This system has advantages of low mass, long lifetime, no pumped liquid coolant, and no single point of failure. Main parameters of the system are also given in this paper.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME
Topics: Heat pipes



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