Thursday, December 13, 2007

C.J Barton, Sr. Molten Salt Fuel Patent

Introductory note: My father told me not long ago that he (with Warren Grimes) held the patent on the fuel formula for the ANP experiment. He also stated that he had developed the fuel formula for the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment, but that it was not patentable, due to some prior work by an outside party. A copy of the patent is found here.

From: Energy Citations Database
Title MOLTEN FLUORIDE NUCLEAR REACTOR FUEL
Creator/Author Barton, C.J. ; Grimes, W.R.
Publication Date 1960 Jan 01
OSTI Identifier OSTI ID: 4138446
Report Number(s) US 2920024
Resource Type Patent
Resource Relation Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-60
Research Org Originating Research Org. not identified
Subject METALS, CERAMICS, AND OTHER MATERIALS; EXPANSION; FLUORIDES; FUELS; FUSED SALTS; REACTIVITY; SODIUM FLUORIDES; TEMPERATURE; URANIUM FLUORIDES; URANIUM TETRAFLUORIDE; ZIRCONIUM FLUORIDES
Description/Abstract Molten-salt reactor fuel compositions consisting of mixtures of fluoride salts are reported. In its broadest form, the composition contains an alkali fluoride such as sodium fluoride, zirconium tetrafluoride, and a uranium fluoride, the latter being the tetrafluoride or trifluoride or a mixture of the two. An outstanding property of these fuel compositions is a high coeffieient of thermal expansion which provides a negative temperature coefficient of reactivity in reactors in which they are used.
Country of Publication United States
Language English
Format Size: Pages: v
Rights Patent Assignee: U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
System Entry Date 2007 Jun 04

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