Masters Theses


"To those who keep track of such things and are in a position to make predictions, it appears that the use of controlled thermonuclear reactions to economically produce electric power is well within a lifetime from now. Indeed, experiments presently being conducted are putting us closer and closer to the development and construction of demonstration fusion reactors. Understandably, the people working on such products and processes are optimistic about their results. This is as it should be if our nation is to avoid major energy shortages in the future.

Unfortunately, the tenor of this paper is pessimistic. This is not because I am not in favor of the development of fusion reactors; I strongly advocate further research and support of this program. However, as this paper points out, the criteria for measuring success in this field may be unrealistically low. A revised and less easily attained standard is offered in the results of this paper. If it is accurate, which I believe it to be, I hope that it proves of some benefit to those who are responsible for our program in fusion. I am confident that they can overcome the additional requirements pointed out herein.--Preface, page iii.


Dolan, Tom

Committee Member(s)

Tsoulfanidis, Nicholas
Nygaard, Kaare J.


Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science

Degree Name

M.S. in Nuclear Engineering


University of Missouri--Rolla

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v, 20 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (page 18).


© 1973 Kenneth Franklin Keller, All rights reserved.

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Subject Headings

Pulsed reactors
Break-even analysis

Thesis Number

T 2899

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