Dr. Stephen Boyd - High-Temperature Chemistry with Molten Salt Reactors





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Published on Apr 26, 2015

Dr. Stephen Boyd examines non-electrical applications for the high-temperature offered by small, modular, molten salt reactors.

Organic Chemistry: hycrocarbons (value added-molecular streams), olefins, conjugated dienes, long-chain parafins.

Inorganic Chemistry: Ammonia and derivative amines, salt reduction (concrete/portland recycling).

Boyd also cites heat exchanger considerations, regarding complex changes in viscosity in response to temperature changes... a non-linear effect (3rd, 4th, 5th order polynomials depending on eutectic).

Boyd's talk was delivered April 2015, at the 5th Small Modular Reactor Conference in North Carolina.


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