Oak Ridge National Laboratory was the home of Alvin Weinberg’s Molten Salt Reactor Experiment. The MSRE proved that a fission reaction in molten fluoride salts could be contained in Hastelloy-N, and that a molten salt fueled reactor concept was viable.
Two prototype molten salt reactors were successfully designed, constructed and operated at ORNL. The Aircraft Reactor Experiment in 1954 and Molten-Salt Reactor Experiment 1965-1969. Both used liquid fluoride fuel salts. The MSRE demonstrated fueling with U-233 and U-235. Alvin Weinberg was removed from his post and the MSR program closed down in the early 1970s. Aircraft Reactor Experiment & Molten Salt Reactor Experiment remain the only molten salt reactors ever operated.
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http://ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Alvin_Weinberg Alvin Weinberg IEEE Global History Network
http://youtu.be/8hA8V8y52BM Thorium Advocate Tour of ORNL.
http://youtu.be/ENH-jd6NhRc MSRE Researchers interview near ORNL.
http://youtu.be/bbyr7jZOllI Google Tech Talk – Why didn’t Th-MSR Happen?
http://youtu.be/C3vr5hkG-r8 Authors@Google – Richard Martin “Thorium: Superfuel”.
http://youtu.be/Ykln5fyBM9E Stephen Boyd on Silicon Carbide & Molten Salt Compatibility
http://youtu.be/RMs8P97z7fk Driving Force Radio on Thorium & Flibe Energy
http://energyfromthorium.com/2012/06/16/haubenreich-061312/ Interview with Paul Haubenreich
http://youtu.be/HtVH-GpRyFw Hot Radiator Cap
http://youtu.be/W0hHKpdDs6g DASH CAM HD Mechanic Opens Radiator Hot Coolant
http://wired.com/wiredscience/2013/11/the-window-crescent-dunes-solar-energy-the-facility/ Generating Energy With Sunlight, Mirrors, and Molten Salt.
“Thorium & MSRE: Alvin Weinberg’s Molten Salt Reactor Experiment” is chapter 9 of a documentary called “Th”, about the element Thorium. The entire documentary can be found at… http://thoriumremix.com/th/
“Th 09” is “Th” thorium documentary Part 9, iteration v477.