NEEP602 Fall97 - Lecture 27

Advantages of Fuel Cycles Based on 3He


Representative Questions

1.) Explain how a DT fusion reactor might be considered a proliferation threat and why would a D3He reactor not be considered as such a threat?

2.) How much tritium would one have to have to provide the 3He fuel for an annual U. S. Electrical Demand of 500 GWe?

3.) What is the total thermal energy associated with 1,000,000 metric tonnes of 3He burned with D? What is the equivalent amount of barrels of oil?

4.) If you had an electrical power plant that could be located in the center of a population area, what kinds of savings would you reap on your electrical bill? (i. e., what cost areas in a present coal or fission plant could you reduce or eliminate?)

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