The July/August 2010 issue of American Scientist magazine has a ten-page article, Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors, by Robert Hargraves and Ralph Moir. The article ends with a link to this web site, so welcome to you and other newbies.
This redesigned site is rich with information; here’s a guide for those with inquiring minds. Start at the very top of the page at the eight links in lower case separated by bars. Click on “about” for a short introduction to thorium, the research history, and a graphic representation of the liquid fluoride thorium reactor, LFTR.
Click “msrp” to read the summary of the molten salt research program at the Oak Ridge National Laboratories in 1958-1976, where these nuclear reactors ran. Click “plan” to read Kirk Sorensen’s vision of a deployment strategy that starts up a global fleet of LFTRs using up the fissile material from spent fuel “waste” and excess weapons.
In the right hand column under “Pages” are a timeline, a LFTR fuel cycle summary, and a plea to save the DOE’s U233 slated to be destroyed.
Under “Top Links” is the cited online forum, where engineers and scientists openly exchange ideas about LFTR technology. If you would like to contribute your knowledge, spend some time reading the posts in your area of expertise, register, and post.
Also under “Top Links” is the rich “PDF Document Repository” which is an index of all the LFTR R&D done by Oak Ridge National Laboratories, plus many recent papers by current researchers worldwide.
Scroll down to explore more of the right hand column links, pausing at “Archives” to peruse earlier posts to this blog.
Welcome to American Scientist readers and all newbies at Energy from Thorium.