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  • March 1, 2013 - 4:07 am | Permalink

    I teach an 8th grade physics course with engineering applications. My students are designing a nuclear powered research submarine (non-military) to achieve a maximum speed of 16 knots. Initial calculations indicate that we will need a reactor with a power of 5-10 MW thermal depending upon hull size. They are researching several types of reactors including liquid metal, PWR, and Thorium Molten Salt.

    Is there anyone in North America working on marine applications of the Thorium reactor? If so could I have that contact information.

    Thanks much,


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    March 1, 2013 - 4:19 am | Permalink

    I don’t know anyone specifically with the time but I know who might know. Rod Adams is a nuclear sub guy with a very popular blog on all things related to nuclear energy. That’s AtomicInsights.com and there is Kirk Sorensen who knows a lot about MSR reactors and has talked about building them under water.

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