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Accelerator driven sub-critical core

United States Patent

March 17, 2015
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Systems and methods for operating an accelerator driven sub-critical core. In one embodiment, a fission power generator includes a sub-critical core and a plurality of proton beam generators. Each of the proton beam generators is configured to concurrently provide a proton beam into a different area of the sub-critical core. Each proton beam scatters neutrons within the sub-critical core. The plurality of proton beam generators provides aggregate power to the sub-critical core, via the proton beams, to scatter neutrons sufficient to initiate fission in the sub-critical core.
McIntyre; Peter M. (College Station, TX), Sattarov; Akhdiyor (College Station, TX)
Texas A&M University System (College Station, TX)
13/ 222,652
August 31, 2011
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with Government support under the terms of Contract No. DE-FG03-95ER40924 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Government may have certain rights in this invention.