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Institute of Atomic Power


In September 1952, Stalin signed a decree of the Council of Ministers of the USSR "On Design and Construction of Facility No. 627". According to this document, until October 15, the Ministry of Mechanical Engineering and Instrument Engineering was to organize a Scientific Research Institute No. 5 on the basis of SKB-8 and other departments of NIIkhimmash. It was created to carry out design, experimental and research work on integrated power plants for facility number 627.

The decree was secret - it was about the first Soviet nuclear submarine. The work was headed by academic leaders - Academicians Anatoly Alexandrov and Alexander Leipunsky. Nikolai Dollezhal, a well-known heating engineer, was appointed chief designer of a nuclear power plant (NPI). It was necessary to solve a number of engineering and design tasks, first of all create a nuclear power unit and “enter” it into the engine room of the underwater ship. The project was carried out within two years.

Under the supervision of Dollezhal, several types of ship reactors were developed, including the liquid metal coolant (liquid metal carrier). But for the first nuclear submarine (“The Second Life of the Leninist Komsomol”), they chose a VVER (water carrier) modification, since with smaller NPPs, relatively large power was achieved. Analogues of this type of reactor in the country did not exist. The creation of a transport nuclear installation was a huge technical achievement.

The first generation nuclear-powered nuclear-powered ships installed VM-A reactors on thermal neutrons with a power of 70 megawatts. The author happened to serve on such submarines, and I can testify: the reactors were reliable.

Nikolai Dollezhal 34 of the year was led by SRI-8. Reactors for atomic submarines were constantly improved. The third generation of 1960 – 1975 nuclear-powered nuclear-powered ships was equipped with an OKE-650B3 type nuclear power unit with a 190 megawatt power, 2,5 times more powerful than the first types.

An eminent scientist forever entered into history as the creator of unique installations. The world's first nuclear power plant, nuclear power plants for the first Soviet submarine, nuclear rocket engines, various reactors: steam overheating, high-power channel uranograph and graphite, research - an incomplete list of what the Hero of Socialist Labor did twice, laureate of three Stalin, Lenin and two State awards USSR Nikolay Dollezhal together with the teams that were headed. In 1961, he created the Department of Energy Machines and Installations at Moscow Higher Technical School and headed it for 25 years.

SRI-8, now NIKIET (Research and Design Institute of Power Engineering), has an extensive experimental base. Dollezhal's brainchild is the lead contractor for both nuclear and radiation safety in the disposal of atomic submarines and surface ships, as well as the environmental rehabilitation of the “naming” naval facilities.
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  1. andrewkor
    andrewkor 15 October 2017 07: 52
    There is something to be proud of the achievements of the USSR ("scoop on liberoids)!" Are you, current, nutka? "
      DEPARTMENT 15 October 2017 10: 32
      Quote: andrewkor
      There is something to be proud of the achievements of the USSR ("scoop on liberoids)!" Are you, current, nutka? "

      The current languages ​​are only scratched ... We live for now, with the fact that in the days of the USSR they built and Stalin laid the foundation of everything ..
  2. soldier
    soldier 15 October 2017 07: 59
    Interesting info
  3. parusnik
    parusnik 15 October 2017 08: 29
    A man of interesting fate .. It is a pity that so little about him in the article ..
    1. Curious
      Curious 15 October 2017 20: 14

      The author talks about the specifics of design work, about the problems of scientific and technical creativity, about his path to nuclear energy.
  4. Boa kaa
    Boa kaa 15 October 2017 12: 20
    Nikolai Dollezhal created a compact, maintenance-free nuclear warhead for submarines. T.N. project "Daisy". The VAU-6 installation (Dollezhal's egg) was installed on the 651 project submarine and was a monoblock. The output is only electricity, it works either on GEDs or on AB. But the boat might not have surfaced for weeks on recharging AB. Well, what are you not VNEU. And if the LDP is equipped with LIABs, then the jump will be fast and the capacity will be several times larger. This is one of the ways to increase the combat capabilities of the NPL.
    1. Bersaglieri
      Bersaglieri 15 October 2017 15: 01
      Ahead. I also remembered about the small-sized auxiliary nuclear power unit for diesel-electric submarines.
  5. gridasov
    gridasov 11 March 2018 16: 33
    It is not the engine that interacts with water, but the mover. Therefore, of course, honor and glory to outstanding scientists and engineers. However, now it’s different times and it’s time to learn new knowledge and new promising developments, namely those elements and devices that interact precisely with the environment, and which are key in determining the parameters of speed, maneuverability, and safety. In fact, the most super-duper of our time float on the screws.