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United States Patent Application

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A fuel particle for use in a fusion-fission nuclear engine includes a fuel kernel and a buffer layer surrounding the fuel kernel. The fuel particle also includes a pyrolytic carbon layer surrounding the buffer layer and a silicon carbide layer surrounding the buffer layer. The silicon carbide is characterized by a stress less than 450 MPa at 95% burn-up. The fuel particle further includes a second pyrolytic carbon layer surrounding the silicon carbide layer.
Farmer, Joseph C. (Livermore, CA), Serrano de Caro, Magdelana (Livermore, CA), Marian, Jaime (Livermore, CA), Demange, Paul P. (Livermore, CA), Arsenlis, Athanasios (Livermore, CA), Satcher, JR., Joe H. (Livermore, CA), Latkowski, Jeffery F. (Livermore, CA), Abbott, Ryan P. (Livermore, CA), Dias de la Rubia, Tomas (Livermore, CA), Moses, Edward I. (Livermore, CA)
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (Livermore CA)
12/ 681,339
September 30, 2008
STATEMENT AS TO RIGHTS TO INVENTIONS MADE UNDER FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT [0002] The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344 between the United States Department of Energy and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC.