Nuclear Power for the Arctic

by W.F. Reilly,
Jr. Rhett,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1961, Vol. 87, Issue 1, Pg. 63-86

Document Type: Journal Paper


Brief history of Army's nuclear power and Arctic research and development programs; installation of PM-2A nuclear power plant in Camp Century, Greenland; engineering problems and solutions related to installation and operation of plant; plant being air-transportable has only minimum of shielding; shielding was to be provided by thick snow walls; however, high level gammafield caused snow to heat up beneath reactor; temperature of 5 F insured by extra lead brick shielding.

Subject Headings: Power plants | Nuclear power | Snow | Research and development | Engineering history | Walls | Nuclear reactors | Temperature effects | Arctic | Greenland | Denmark

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