US new small nuclear reactor
The Elsen Air Force Base is in line with the construction and test of small nuclear reactors. The US Air Force has recently claimed that the Elsen Air Force Base in Alaska has selected as a small nuclear reactor construction deployment. In recent years, in order to meet the energy demand on the battlefield, it has reduced the dependence on fossil fuel to improve the efficiency of action, the US military and the energy department are put into attention on small nuclear reactor construction projects.
According to American media reports, the Elsen Air Force base is located in the hinterland of Alaska, close to Fairburn City and the Arctic Circle. Here is one of the military bases in the Arctic in the Arctic, deploying a F-35A fighter, F-16 fighter and KC-135 fighter and other models.
According to the US Department of Defense, the Department of Energy believes that the conditions of the base meet the construction and test requirements of small nuclear reactors.
First of all, the Alsen Air Force base has an independent grid with thermal power plants, which means that the test does not affect regional grids.
Secondly, the base is a large electricity, 800 tons of coal in winter, and the US Air Force has a special railway locomotive fleet to transport coal-fired and other materials to the base. The results of the future small nuclear reactor test can be implemented. In addition, in Alaska’s considerations in security and management, it hopes that the first nuclear reactor project in the state is in military base, especially an Alsen Air Force base. The US has not disclosed the specific technical details of the above small nuclear reactors.
However, the document announced by the US military showed that small nuclear reactors in the Alsen Air Force base were likely to come from the US Department of Defense’s "Baile Plan" proposed in 2019.
The small nuclear reactor in the project can produce 1 to 5 MW power.
In contrast, the total power generation capacity of civilian nuclear power plants can reach 100 MV or even gigably. According to the "Baile Plan", this small nuclear reactor is not only small than the 40 MW S9G nuclear reactor adopted by the Virginia nuclear submarine, but also flexibly deployed on the battlefield. It uses the pebble-shaped three-structured part-identity particulate fuel. The core of such fuel consists of a mixture of low concentrated uranium and oxygen, and the outer layer is alternate with 3 layers of graphite and silicon carbide ceramic layers, safe and easy to treat, and the volume of each fuel is also small.
Analysts pointed out that the US has been declaring construction and test small nuclear reactors to address climate change, but its true purpose is to get almost unlimited energy supply on the future battlefield.
Once the small nuclear reactor reducing the battlefield deployment, the troop can reduce the dependence of a large number of fossil fuels and compress the scale of the logistic transportation force, so that the unit makes more cultivation, and the supply line that needs to transport a lot of materials is no longer so fragile, and thereby enhances the independent combat capability of the troops. . At the same time, the small nuclear reactor has the characteristics of long-term, uninterrupted sustainable output energy, and improves the operation of the forces.
In addition, combined with future weapons and equipment electricity, laser weapons, etc., the large trend of continuous development, the application of small nuclear reactors can solve the huge demand for energy on energy, and sweep away from the major disorders that restrict their development.
As the US military advances small nuclear reactor construction and test projects, a series of changes will be brought to its future preparation system, weapon equipment development and combat form.
However, experts in the US nuclear non-proliferation, the US military develops small nuclear reactors and achieves battlefield deployment, and there is a possibility of causing catastrophic nuclear accidents.
There are American scholars that a series of potential risks existing in nuclear reactors before people find safe, cheap nuclear energy alternative energy, can not be eliminated. At the same time, when he is attacked by an enemy, the small nuclear reactor may be abandoned by the US military on the battlefield, causing hundreds of kilograms of high radioactive substances to be detached from effective control.
In addition, small nuclear reactors are very fragile in terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and even trucks in the transport reactor may cause serious nuclear leaks. Therefore, its future development is also constrained by a series of real factors, and how the prospect is to be observed. (Guo Huiping) (Editor: Chen Yu, Ren Lin) Sharing let more people see.