An innovative development, the so called fissionable region of a submarine nuclear reactor, has been engineered in Russia.
The specifics of that fissionable region is it can function incessantly, or during the entire operational lifetime of a submarine, to be exact. The information on the innovation is presented in a report by Afrikantov Experimental Design Bureau for Mechanical Engineering, Russia’s leading designer of active sections for warships, located in Nizhny Novgorod.
Radiation zone is where nuclear fuel is contained. The Afrikantov’s revolutionary development will relieve submarines of the need of refueling which is a sophisticated month-long process when submarines are inoperative thus reducing combat capabilities of the Russian navy.
“Such a reactor raises submarines’ utilization coefficient multifold”, Admiral Vyacheslav Popov, former Commander of Russia’s Northern Fleet, notes.