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Re: 1/72 Alfa submarine outer hull panel lines help please
Okay, I see it now. Yes that is the scoop for water to cool the steam condenser, which is after the turbines in the steam loop. It indirectly cools the lead bismuth metal by extracting heat from the superheated steam loop, in turn cooling the liquid metal loop. Several Soviet submarines had such scoops.
US submarines did not have scoops, with one exception, due to SubSafe principles following Thresher’s loss. Although seawater is used to cool the steam condensers in US submarines, the cooling loop is kept as short as possible, as you are bringing in seawater at pressure, so the piping runs are kept to a minimum.
I believe John Leyland is referring to what i assumed to be a scoop to bring fresh cold sea water in to cool the intense HOT molten core reactor. the scoop/lump is roughly 70% back from the bow and maybe 30% up from the keel of the Alfa.
what do you think, or know, this "lump" to be?
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