Arco/BORAX Mobile Substation [11]

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Title Arco/BORAX Mobile Substation [11]
Photo Number P0206add2n01_14_009_1
Description Scan of a photo. "Operating principles of a nuclear reactor which would produce electrical power and at the same time serve as a source of fissionable material are shown in the cut-away motel pictured above. The main elements of such a reactor would be a core of fissionable material, where a chain reactor would be maintained, and a cooling system to carry heat of fission into a heat exchanger, where it would convert water to steam. The steam, in turn, would turn a turbine, which would power an electrical generator. The steam would be converted to water in a condenser, and recirulated through the heat exchanger. The reactor cooland would be returned to the reactor core after being cooled in the heat exchanger. To produce fissionable material, the reactor core would be surrounded by a "blanket" of uranium, where exess neutrons not needed to sustain the chain reaction would convert non-fissionable uranium 238 to plutonium, which is fissionable. Although no reactor of this type has been built, the experimental breeder reactor now in test phase at the Atomic Energy Commision's National Reactor Testing Station in Idaho is designed to explore two of the principles a power-breeder reactor could employ-the theory of "breeding" more fissionable material than is consumed in the chain reaction, and the use of a liquid metal coolant to take heat from the reactor for ultimate conversion to electrical energy. A concept of Argonne National Laboratory, which will operate the reactor, it is designed to actually produce electrical power on an experimental basis."
Keywords Rocky Mountain Power; fission; Arco; Idaho; Reactor
Subject Boiling water reactors--Butte County--Idaho--Photographs; Argonne National Laboratory-West--Photographs; Idaho National Laboratory--Photographs
Additional Information Utah Power & Light Company, with a mobile substation, participated in the early experiments at the National Reactor Testing Station (today the Idaho National Laboratory). On December 20, 1951, the Experimental Breeder Reactor-1 produced the first electricity from a nuclear reaction. On July 17, 1955, the BORAX-III reactor provided electric lighting to the nearby town of Argo--the first community in the world ever to be lit by electricity generated by nuclear power.
Spatial Coverage Idaho National Laboratory; Butte County (Idaho)
Latitude 43.51798
Longitude -113.00946
Collection Number and Name P0206 Rocky Mountain Power Company Photograph Collection
Collection Name Rocky Mountain Power Company
Date 1951-01-24
Textual Date January 24, 1951
Owning Institution Multimedia Archives, Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah
Type Image
Digitization Specifications Digital image produced on Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner, RGB, at 400dpi. Archival file is uncompressed TIFF.
ARK ark:/87278/s60g49vs
Setname uum_map
Date Created 2013-02-07
Date Modified 2015-11-18
ID 985573
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