January 5, 2013

Chapter 3 Outline

Chapter three of the nuclear spacecraft textbook will focus on structural issues.  Unlike chapters one and two, which provided basic principles in a fairly general fashion, chapter three will build towards a final goal.  Relevant structural concepts will be addressed within the context of a nuclear space vehicle.  The focus will be in explaining how an optimal configuration can be arrived at and developing a general solution for that design.  Physical principles will be explained towards that end.

Chapter 3: Structural Concerns

Radiation Protection

Space Radiation Environment

Radiation Shielding

Mass Shielding

Geometric Shielding

Mechanics of Materials






Nuclear Spacecraft Structure

Static Loads

Dynamic Loads


Total Mass

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