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Meeting Materials Science & Technology 2020
Symposium Advanced Characterization of Materials for Nuclear, Radiation, and Extreme Environments
Presentation Title Design of a Hot Hydrogen Test Loop for Testing of Nuclear Thermal Rocket Elements
Author(s) William Searight, Alex Somers, Leigh Winfrey
On-Site Speaker (Planned) William Searight
Abstract Scope Nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) is a promising candidate for deep-space manned missions to Mars for its powerful, compact engines, which offer transit times approximately half that of traditional chemical rockets. One of the most pressing issues in the development of NTP rocket engines is the design and testing of high temperature materials which can withstand the high heat and particle fluxes from fission in the core and maintain desirable surface and inner molecular structure and material performance. To this end, a hot hydrogen test loop capable of producing circulating hydrogen plasma at temperatures up to 3000 K is being designed and constructed at Penn State to study the plasma-material interactions of plasmas with NTP component materials. This work focuses on the ongoing progress in modeling and designing this tabletop-sized loop to test tie tubes, U-bend shaped tubes through which the hydrogen coolant/propellant will be channeled through the NTP core.
Proceedings Inclusion? Planned: Publication outside of MS&T

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Characterization of Microstructure Evolution in Ceramic Materials Using Acoustic and Thermal Transport Measurements
Characterization of Stress and Environment Dependent Fracture Mechanisms of SiC/SiC CMCs
Controlling Helium Morphology in Pure Metals: Effects of Helium Defects on Deformation and Strength
Corrosion Control of Austenitic Stainless Steel and Nickel-Based Alloys in Molten Chloride Salt Environments
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Development of a Combined Thermal Hydraulic and Materials Corrosion Liquid-Sodium Experimental Facility
Development of an In-Situ Mechanical Test System for Advanced Reactor Coolants
Effects of Post-Processing Variability on Radiation Response of Additively-Manufactured HT9
Enabling In-situ Crack Growth Testing and Monitoring in VTR Cartridge Loop Environments
Explaining the Corrosion Morphology of Structural Materials in Molten Fluoride Salts With/Without Radiation
Fundamental In-situ Experiments Coupled to High-throughput Approaches to Understand Radiation Damage in FCC and BCC Compositionally Complex Alloys
In situ Crack Loading and Measurement Techniques for Gen IV Reactor Coolant Media
In Situ Observation of Irradiation Damage in Polycrystalline Nuclear Graphite
Investigation of Uranium Silicide Fuel Form Additions through Rietveld Refinement and Internal Standard P-XRD
Mobility of Hydrogen in YH2 Probed by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
Modified stereo TEM for 3D analysis of defects
Nanomechanical Change of Tungsten in ELM Conditions
Nonlinear Ultrasound for Nondestructive Evaluation of Microstructural Defects
Response of an Additively Manufactured 316 Stainless Steel Subjected to High Temperature Heavy Ion Irradiations
Selective Irradiation Behavior in Dual Phase 308L Filler of SA508-304L Dissimilar Metal Weldment after Proton Irradiation
STEM Characterization of Dislocation Loops for an Irradiated Model FCC Alloy
Study on Hydrogen Isotopes Solubility and Diffusivity in Y- and Co-doped Barium-zirconates Using Tritium Imaging Plate Technique
Swelling of Nuclear Reactor Steels: Modeling, Theory, and Accelerated Testing
Unveiling High Temperature Damage Mechanisms via In-situ Digital Image Correlation of Chromium-coated Zirconium-based Fuel Claddings

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