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Thermoacoustic enhancements for nuclear fuel rods and other high temperature applications

United States Patent

May 9, 2017
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A nuclear thermoacoustic device includes a housing defining an interior chamber and a portion of nuclear fuel disposed in the interior chamber. A stack is disposed in the interior chamber and has a hot end and a cold end. The stack is spaced from the portion of nuclear fuel with the hot end directed toward the portion of nuclear fuel. The stack and portion of nuclear fuel are positioned such that an acoustic standing wave is produced in the interior chamber. A frequency of the acoustic standing wave depends on a temperature in the interior chamber.
Garrett; Steven L. (State College, PA), Smith; James A. (Idaho Falls, ID), Kotter; Dale K. (Shelley, ID)
The Penn State Research Foundation (University Park, PA)
13/ 968,936
August 16, 2013
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT SPONSORSHIP This invention was made with government support under Grant No. DE-AC07-05ID14517, awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.