Principles Of Nuclear Rocket Propulsion by William J. Emrich, Jr.Principles Of Nuclear Rocket Propulsion by William J. Emrich, Jr.

Principles Of Nuclear Rocket Propulsion

byWilliam J. Emrich, Jr.

Paperback | July 25, 2016

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Principles of Nuclear Rocket Propulsionprovides an understanding of the physical principles underlying the design and operation of nuclear fission-based rocket engines. While there are numerous texts available describing rocket engine theory and nuclear reactor theory, this is the first book available describing the integration of the two subject areas. Most of the book's emphasis is primarily on nuclear thermal rocket engines, wherein the energy of a nuclear reactor is used to heat a propellant to high temperatures and then expel it through a nozzle to produce thrust. Other concepts are also touched upon such as a section devoted to the nuclear pulse rocket concept wherein the force of externally detonated nuclear explosions is used to accelerate a spacecraft.

Future crewed space missions beyond low earth orbit will almost certainly require propulsion systems with performance levels exceeding that of today's best chemical engines. A likely candidate for that propulsion system is the solid core Nuclear Thermal Rocket or NTR. Solid core NTR engines are expected to have performance levels which significantly exceed that achievable by any currently conceivable chemical engine. The challenge is in the engineering details of the design which includes not only the thermal, fluid, and mechanical aspects always present in chemical rocket engine development, but also nuclear interactions and some unique materials restrictions.

  • Sorts and organizes information on various types of nuclear thermal rocket engines into a coherent curriculum
  • Includes a number of example problems to illustrate the concepts being presented
  • Features a companion site with interactive calculators demonstrating how variations in the constituent parameters affect the physical process being described
  • Includes 3D figures that may be scaled and rotated to better visualize the nature of the object under study
Dr. Emrich has worked at the NASA Marshall Center for over 27 years, starting in 1987 in Software Quality Assurance. Now a Senior Engineer, Emrich is working at the forefront of research that is propelling America's journey to Mars. Emrich conceived, designed and now operates the megawatt-class Nuclear Thermal Rocket Element Environmen...
Title:Principles Of Nuclear Rocket PropulsionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:July 25, 2016Publisher:Butterworth (trade)Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0128044748

ISBN - 13:9780128044742

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Rocket Engine Fundamentals
3. Nuclear Rocket Engine Cycles
4. Interplanetary Mission Analysis
5. Basic Nuclear Structure and Processes
6. Neutron Flux Energy Distribution
7. Neutron Balance Equation and Transport Theory
8. Multigroup Neutron Diffusion Equations
9. Thermal Fluid Aspects of Nuclear Rockets
10. Turbomachinery
11. Nuclear Reactor Kinetics
12. Nuclear Reactor Stability
13. Fuel Depletion Implications for Long Duration Operation
14. Shielding of Nuclear Rockets
15. Materials for Nuclear Thermal Rockets
16. Advanced Nuclear Rocket Concepts