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Startup control of the TOPAZ-II space nuclear reactor

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Authors
Astrin, Cal D.
Subjects
Thermionics
TOPAZ-II
Startup
Control
Advisors
Biblarz, Oscar
Date of Issue
1996-09
Date
September 1996
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Language
en_US
Abstract
The Russian designed and manufactured TOPAZ-II Thermionic Nuclear Space Reactor has been supplied to the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization for study as part of the TOPAZ International Program. A Preliminary Nuclear Safety Assessment investigated the readiness to use the TOPAZ-II in support of a Nuclear Electric Propulsion Space Test Mission (NEPSTP). Among the anticipated system modifications required for launching the TOPAZ-II system within safety goals is for a U.S. designed Automatic Control System. The requirements and desired features of such a control system are developed based upon U.S. safety standards. System theory and design are presented in order to establish the basis for development of a hybrid control model from available simulations. The model is verified and then used in exploration of various control schemes and casualty analysis providing groundwork for future Automatic Control System design.
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Thesis
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Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
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Format
xii, 1 v. (various pagings)
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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