Animated cartoon schematic shows basic elements of the nuclear power plant inside the USS Nautilus (SSN-571)
Connecticut USA Date:1954 Duration:60 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Film opens showing the nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus (SSN 571) moving underway, on the surface, in the Thames River, near Groton, Connecticut. Several crew members stand on the boat's deck, as it heads toward the Long Island Sound. Change of scene shows a cartoon representation of a nuclear reaction occuring inside a nuclear reactor. Next, the reactor is seen enclosed in a containment with a pump attached. To this a heat exchanger is then shown in combination with the reactor and pump. Finally, the cartoon schematic includes a turbine, drive, and a propeller. An arrow points to control and fuel rods atop the reactor containment, and fuel rods descend into the reactor. The next animated illustration shows the reactor and drive assembly through a cutaway in a sketch of the Nautilus submarine.
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