Title: Innovative Nuclear Space Power and Propulsion Institute informational brochures
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"Space Exploration is the ultimate
investment in America's Future"

An International Leader
in Space Applications

Contact Information
General: Ms. Lynne Schreiber, lynne@inspi.ufl.edu
Research: Dr. Travis Knight, knight@inspi.ufl.edu
Academic: Ms. Ines Aviles-Spadoni, iaviles@ufl.edu

P.O. Box 116502
Gainesville, FL 32611-6502
Phone: (352) 392-1427
FAX: (352) 392-8656



The Innovative Nuclear Space Power and
Propulsion Institute
INSPI was established as a national consortium
of universities and high-technology industries
which have pooled their scientific and
technological expertise for high-payoff
fundamental research on ultrahigh-temperature
nuclear space power generation and conversion
and nuclear thermal and electrical properties.
INSPI, at the University of Florida, is funded
through several government and private industry
research grants and contracts to conduct
fundamental and applied research in areas
related to application of nuclear power in space.
Founded in 1985, INSPI research covers a
broad range of activities including feasibility
analysis of ultra-compact and ultra-light nuclear
reactors for space power and propulsion
applications. Among many others, INSPI' s
research has been focused on reactor concepts
utilizing gaseous, liquid, and solid-phase
fluorides, carbides, oxides, nitrides,
carbonitrides, and Cermet fuels.




INSPI has 25 faculty, staff and students from around the world
and of all advanced levels of academia. Professionals and graduate
students are working on various projects relating to diverse fields
of space nuclear power. Faculty and research staff include:
S. Anghaie, Professor and Director (Ph.D., 1982 Penn State)
G. Chen, Associate Engineer (Engineer's Degree, 1995 UF)
H. Farabi, Visting Professor (Ph.D., 1978 University of Aston, UK)
S. Kim, Visiting Professor (Ph.D., 1995 Seoul National University)
T. Knight, (Adjunct) Associate Professor (Ph.D., 2000 UF)
L. Schreiber, Research Coordinator (M.S., 1995 UF)
B. Smith, Research Scientist (Ph.D., 1998 Victoria University, New

Current research is focused on the design studies related to
nuclear thermal propulsion based on tri-carbide square lattice
honeycomb and Cermet fuels, and multi-megawatt power reactor
concepts based on gaseous fuel reactors with MHD generator and
thermionics. Specific research projects are conducted in areas such
as ultrahigh temperature nuclear fuels and materials, static and
dynamic nuclear design analysis, two-phase CFD and heat
transfer, and development of a web based space nuclear power
information resource and database system.

Research in the ultrahigh temperature materials laboratory at
INSPI is primarily focused on the development of nuclear fuel
and related high temperature materials. Advanced nuclear fuels
are under development and testing to enable a manned mission
to mars using high performance nuclear thermal and electric
propulsion methods. These ultra-high temperature fuels and
materials for NTP can operate at temperatures above 3000 K
(~5000 F) generating specific impulse as high as 1000 sec. with
thrust to weight ratios above 10. NEP systems based on gaseous
and liquid uranium fluorides and MHD could provide
multimegawatt space power at less than 1 Kg/Kwe, conditioned
to directly feed large Lorentz force electric thrusters. Processing
techniques have been developed for producing high quality,
single-phase solid-solution mixed carbides. Efforts at testing
these materials to determine their performance characteristics
are also being investigated.
INSPI computational fluid and gas dynamic with heat transfer
modeling is an advanced system of codes under development
for analysis of all microscopic and macroscopic heat transfer
phenomena associated with energy conversion in reactor space
systems. In particular, a two-phase computational fluid dynamic
model is under development to provide detailed analysis of
micro boiling convection and condensation in complex
geometries of space power reactors and energy conversion

Research Facilities

* Nuclear Fuels and Materials Processing
* Ultrahigh Temperature Test Loops with Hot Hydrogen
* Major Microstructural Characterization Instruments
* Accelerator Based Neutron Irradiation System
* Inductive, Jet Arc, Plasma Torch and DC Furnaces

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