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Gas core cooling requirements

  1. Nov 17, 2009 #1
    If we were able to build a gas core reactor, how much heat would need to be dissapated? I bring this up because traditional solid core reactors require lots of heat to be pumped away (do you know the exact number?) to keep the core for melting, but since a gas core is already much hotter wouldn't the amount of heat needing to be moved away from the reactor be significantly less?
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  3. Nov 17, 2009 #2


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    The heat removed would have to be the same unless you want your reactor walls to turn to gas too :)
  4. Nov 17, 2009 #3
    Yeah, you'll probably be removing heat at the same rate, the only difference is the operating temperature. You'll have a higher flow rate than a water cooled reactor because the specific heat of a gas is much lower.
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