Special Power Excursion Reactor Test Program

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The Special Power Excursion Reactor Test Program (SPERT) was a series of tests focusing on the safety of nuclear reactors.[1] It was commissioned in 1954 by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, to be run by the Phillips Petroleum Company.[2]



The SPERT-I reactor became operational in July 1955, with the first tests being performed in September.[1][3]


The SPERT-II reactor became operational in March 1960.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Nuclear Safety — A review of Recent Developments. Volume 2, Number 3. pgs. 15-16.
  2. ^ J. Dugone (November 1965). "SPERT III Reactor Facility: E-Core Revision".
  3. ^ W. E. Nyer, S. G. Forbes. SPERT I Reactor Safety Studies.