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Space Safety Regulations and Standards by Ram Jakhu, Joseph N. Pelton

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Chapter 26 Safety guidelines for space nuclear reactor power and propulsion systems

Mohamed El-Genk

Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Department, Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of New Mexico

Chapter Outline

  • Introduction…………………………………320

  • Radioisotope Power Systems…………………………………321

  • The Case for Space Reactor Power and Propulsion Systems…………………………………324

  • Space Reactor Power Systems Design…………………………………325

  • Design Choices and Considerations…………………………………326

    • Power system integration…………………………………327

    • Materials selection and consideration…………………………………328

    • Reactor types and energy conversion options…………………………………330

    • Energy conversion options and structure materials………………………………… ...

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