“Fissile O.U.T.” is a modern nuclear reactor design. The acronym of Fissile O.U.T. stands for “Optimal Uranium Technology, as Fissile O.U.T. is designed to run on Uranium-238. The significance of this is that U-238 is abundant, can be sourced from nuclear waste, and it does not sustain a chain reaction; hence it can’t “melt down.” Additional distinguishing characteristics of Fissile O.U.T. are the core design, and a different approach for transferring thermal energy to mechanical energy in an effort to eliminate the need for batteries for energy storage.
Fissile O.U.T. is designed like a capsule that has two identical top and bottom components. The dimensions are scalable for the amount of energy desired. The center is the control rod and also the initiating fuel source. The fuel with the greatest number of neutrons released is in the control rod. The large majority of the grey, windmill-like arms are also a fuel source, but one that is designed to fizzle out.
Fuel Choice and Distribution
The control rod houses pellets of Plutonium-238 or 239. The large majority of the windmill-like arms are comprised of Uranium -238 with pockets of U-235, and other additional components, specifically placed for optimal operation.
In the heart of the core, surrounding the Plutonium in the control rod, are stationary units that direct neutrons towards the Uranium wings. Three stationary “energy tunnels” are comprised of diamond, Boron Nitride Nanotubes, and a small Tungsten double slit wall. Where the energy tunnels are not present Tungsten Carbide is placed as a neutron reflector.
Diamond is chosen for its inherent stability, ability to withstand high temperatures, bond strength, and bond length.
At the end of the nanotubes is a plate made of Tungsten that has a double slit. The double slit is utilized to harness the quantum wave/particle duality of nature in order to direct the neutrons to a specific location increasing efficiency by essentially aiming neutrons at U-235.
Boron Nitride nanotubes can also withstand extreme heat and are very strong. The Boron Nitride does play a small role as a moderator.
U-235 is couched in the U-238 at the locations in which we can easily predict more energy to arrive after having passed through a double slit. Reactions will precipitate to the U-238 and carry on until the chain reaction comes to a natural halt.
Neutrons from U-235 will travel approximately 4 cm. Therefore, roughly 4 cm from the U-235 cells will be several doped diamonds. (Number of diamonds depends on the size of the specific reactor.) The diamonds will be doped with Pu-238. The diamond will direct the energy to another double slit which will project energy into the next carefully placed U-235 cell essentially extending the reaction throughout the Uranium wing. This element can be repeated every 4 cm depending on the energy requirements the reactor is being utilized to meet.
Radical Thermal to Mechanical Energy
Rather than the standard model of utilizing steam, Fissile O.U.T. converts thermal energy to mechanical energy via pressurization of gas. Fissile O.U.T. has 4 compartments that are holding an inert gas. The Plutonium pellet begins a reaction in one set of the Uranium wings. Then the control rod moves the Plutonium pellet downward to initiate a reaction in the adjacent set of Uranium wings. As the thermal energy in one half of the capsule increases, the compartment showing the blue gas molecules begins to heat up. Another diaphram, shown in brown, is not fixed. As the blue gas heats and expands, it mobilizes the brown diaphragm creating pressure on the upper compartment compressing the gas into a liquid or potentially a solid.
There is a membrane in the middle of the reactor separating the reactor into two identical halves. As the control rod moves the Plutonium initiating a reaction in one half of the reactor, the other half is cooling, allowing the internal gas compartments to return to a resting position, and allowing the external gas compartments the chance to be refilled with nearby robotic arms.
- Future research could also include technologies regarding pressurizing the gas to a solid and transporting it in that state for greater energy storage.