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Richard P. Godwin

Maritime Reactors Branch, Division of Reactor Development, U. S. Atomic Energy Commission, Germantown, Md.

Edward S. Dennison

MGCR Propulsion Plant Group, General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, Conn.

J. Eng. Power 81(3), 352-359 (Jul 01, 1959) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4008073 History: Received August 22, 1958; Published July 01, 1959; Online February 20, 2019


The nuclear gas-turbine plant has recently become the basis for a substantial development program. Because of considerable difficulties, particularly in the areas of heat and radiation-resistant materials, from 5 to 7 years must elapse before any real accomplishment can be demonstrated. The most attractive line of development from a cost, efficiency, and weight point of view, appears to be the single-fluid gas system, discussed in detail. The case for the optimum gas is not clear-cut. Thermodynamic, system, and bearing and seal problems are considered.

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