Accession Number : AD0270759

Title :   DIRECT CONVERSION OF THERMAL POWER TO ELECTRICAL POWER

Corporate Author : FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY DIV WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO

Personal Author(s) : MORGULIS,N.D.

Report Date : 16 JAN 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : An all-out increase in the efficiency of electrical power installations having various capacities and purposes is the most important problem of modern power engineering. At the same time, new problems require the development of some type of device for cosmic rockets, artificial satellites, etc. All these considerations require the development of new, more effective methods acceptable for various purposes of converting thermal (nuclear) energy into electrical energy. Investigations in recent years, which still have a very limited laboratory and prototype nature, showed that in solving the problem of the direct conversion of thermal energy to electrical there are completely new methods which use 2 direct (thermoelectric and thermionic) and 1 semi-direct (magnetogasdynamic) methods. These 3 methods are briefly examined. (Author)

Descriptors :   *ELECTRIC POWER PRODUCTION, *POWER SUPPLIES, HEAT, HIGH TEMPERATURE, MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS, PLASMAS(PHYSICS), THERMAL RADIATION, THERMIONIC EMISSION, THERMOELECTRICITY

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE