THE “APPARATUS FOR THE CONTAINMENT OF NUCLEAR MELTDOWN DEBRIS” depends in part upon a unique corrugated Transparent Aluminum alloy “Slam-Dome” that is mounted over a super-plastic-lined, 16-sided, reinforced concrete, 1700 foot diameter circumferential “trench-subway” foundation that is excavated 30 feet deep and 20 feet wide around a conventional nuclear fission power plant. This Dome Design, in combination with the 14-inch-thick alloy-reinforced concrete, hexa-decagonal trench-subway foundation, serves to provide earthquake protection to the underlying nuclear fission power plant for earthquakes of intensity up to at least Richter 7.6, as well as serving to capture escaping radioactive gases and particulates in the event of a “Chernobyl-like” nuclear accident in the underlying nuclear fission power plant. After capture and containment by the auxiliary external containment dome, these radioactive gases and particulates are captured, and compressed by 16 unique synchronously rotating hyper-compression impeller fans at the tops of 16 Turbo-generator Impeller Fan Containment (TIFCAT) Tubes, under the dome, and then NEUTRALIZED by a fourth important and integrated invention, comprised of 3 "UNDERGROUND CIRCUMFERENTIAL HCK ELECTROSTATIC FUSION REACTORS" which rest below ground level within the circumferential reinforced concrete trench-subway. This plastic-lined concrete subway can also act, in an emergency, to contain millions of gallons of radioactive water.
The 3 HCK REACTORS produce enough 262 psi steam to synchronously rotate the 17 steam turbines at 1200 RPM and 16,000 HP each, and to efficiently and safely produce, via uniquely designed Hyper-Efficient AC generators, 52 GIGAWATTS of AC electrical power @ 50 or 60 Hz, while consuming only 144 pounds of easily replaced, un-enriched uranium, thorium OR plutonium oxide fuel, which will last 15-16 months between fuel replacements. Actually, 67 pounds of the 144 pounds of original uranium, thorium, or plutonium in the fuel are completely converted to energy, creating 18 pounds of helium gas; and only 57 pounds of easily disposable radioactive solid waste in this period. These reactions primarily utilize electrostatically-accelerated radio-isotopic alpha decay, and electron-positron annihilation; created by Positively charging the twin pairs of 12” diameter 3mm thick back-to-back fuel hemispheres in each HCK Fusion Reactor by + 1.022 MeV @ 125 amperes DC with respect to the Negative (Grounded) surrounding superconducting gas and water filled cylinders.
This compares to a uranium fuel consumption of over 165,000 pounds per year, to create the 33,000 pounds of "Enriched uranium" (3.5% U-235) that is required to fuel a “state of the art” nuclear fission power plant that produces ONLY 2.5 Gigawatts of power over 12 months, thus making the design I propose not only much "cleaner" but also at least 72,000 times more efficient at creating power from a gram of uranium than the best currently proposed nuclear fission alternatives. In addition, the proposed HCK Electrostatic Fusion Reactor Plant Design derives its power from 10 Independent Physical Processes, three of which are based on "Fusion Reactions", and NONE of which produce a significant amount of hazardous long-lived nuclear waste. The reactors utilize NEW means of producing power that produce no neutrons: NO FISSION. MELTDOWN IS IMPOSSIBLE.
ABOUT THE ENTRANT
Name: Harvey Kaplan
Type of entry: individual
Number of times previously entering contest:3
Harvey's favorite design and analysis tools:
I like to study the figures and illustrations in articles and publications. As a retired radiologist, I can safely say that a picture is often more valuable than a thousand words. I am very grateful for 4 gigabyte thumb drives, and for "smart-phones".
Harvey's hobbies and activities:
Electronics, Metallurgy, Inventing, Music, Theatre
Harvey belongs to these online communities:
Society of Nuclear Medicine, RSNA, Thorium Enregy
Harvey is inspired by:
Einstein quote: "We will need a substantially new type of thinking, if mankind is to survive." Hyman Rickover quote: "Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience.". Also: "Every great discovery is first ridiculed, then violently opposed, and finally accepted as common sense". "Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.". "What is not started today, is NEVER finished tomorrow. " (Goethe) "The distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion". (Einstein) "The social object of skilled investment should be to defeat the dark forces of time and ignorance which envelop our future". (John Maynard Keynes) "The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty (Churchill) "Difficulty is the excuse that history never accepts". (Edward R Murrow)
Patent status: pending