Improving Reliability of Reactor Control Rod Systems

Midshipman Researcher(s): 1/C Arthur Devine

Adviser(s): Associate Professor Daniel Opila

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The United States Navy relies heavily on its aircraft carriers and submarines for power projection around the globe. These vessels depend on their nuclear reactors to generate the steam used for both propulsion and electrical power. Making these systems more robust and reliable helps ensure that more time is spent on mission versus in port waiting on repairs. The feasibility of a three motor design is tested in order to provide a wider degree of redundancy – allowing operation to continue even if one or more devices fail.

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