A new marine propulsion system

  • Han Wei-shi 
  • Liu Tao 


A new marine propulsion system is proposed. A small liquid sodium cooled reactor acts as prime mover; alkali-metal thermal-to-electric conversion (AMTEC) cells are employed to convert the heat energy to electricity; superconducting magneto-hydrodynamic thruster combined with spray-water thruster works as propulsion. The configuration and characteristics of this system are described. Such a nuclear-powered propulsion system is not only free of noise, but also has high reliability and efficiency. It would be a preferable propulsion system for ships in the future.

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propulsion system liquid sodium cooled reactor AMTEC Thruster 

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© Harbin Engineering University 2003

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  • Han Wei-shi 
    • 1
  • Liu Tao 
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Power and Nuclear Energy EngineeringHarbin Engineering UniversityHarbinChina

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