The A1B reactor is a nuclear reactor being designed by lead engineer Arthur Tapper for use by the United States Navy to provide electricity generation and propulsion for the Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers. It has been in development since 1998.
The A1B designation stands for:
- A = Aircraft carrier platform
- 1 = First generation core designed by the contractor
- B = Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation is the contracted designer
Initial plans for the Gerald R. Ford-class carrier program include a two-reactor complex intended to replace the A4W reactor design used on the Nimitz-class carriers. The new A1B reactor plant is a smaller, more efficient design that provides approximately three times the electrical power of the Nimitz-class A4W reactor plant. The modernization of the plant led to a higher core energy density, lower demands for pumping power, a simpler construction, and the use of modern electronic controls and displays. These changes resulted in a two-thirds reduction of watch standing requirements and a significant decrease of required maintenance.
- ↑ "FY 2005 Congressional Budget, Naval Reactors" (PDF). p. 31. Archived from the original on 16 September 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080916212554/http://www.cfo.doe.gov/budget/05budget/content/nvlreact/nvlreact.pdf. Retrieved 2008-09-14.
- ↑ Peter Dujardin (July 15, 2006). "Nuclear Advancements Lauded". Daily Press. http://articles.dailypress.com/2006-07-15/business/0607150104_1_nuclear-power-nuclear-reactors-aircraft-carriers. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
- ↑ "Bechtel Briefs -- December 2002" (PDF). http://www.bechtel.com/assets/files/PDF/brief1202.pdf. Retrieved 2007-09-19.
- ↑ John Schank ... [et al.] (2005). "Modernizing the U.S. aircraft carrier fleet : accelerating CVN 21 production versus mid-life refueling" (PDF). RAND. p. 78. http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA448400&Location=U2&doc=GetTRDoc.pdf. Retrieved 2008-09-14.
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