Accession Number : AD0284164

Title :   VORTEX MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMIC GENERATOR EXPERIMENTAL TEST PROGRAM

Corporate Author : GARRETT CORP LOS ANGELES CALIF AIRESEARCH MFG DIV

Personal Author(s) : STARCK,H.G.

Report Date : JUN 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : A vortex type magnetohydrodynamic generator was designed and fabricated on the basis of currently available materials, and was tested to determine the feasibility of obtaining electric power from a seeded combustion gas. The combustion gas was oxygen-hydrogen, seeded with potassium hydroxide solution. A power output of 0.15 watts was obtained from a vortex channel which was 4 inches wide with a magnetic field strength of 4000 gauss. The gas flow rate varied from 0.4 to 0.7 pounds per minute. This result compares with a theoretical output of 29 to 60 watts which was calculated by digital computer methods. The low output was due to material failures throughout the unit and particularly of the combustion chamber and the center electrode. Th study program indicated that the small vortex MHD generator has a significant potential provided that the material problems can be solved, whether through the e of lower ionization temperature fluids or higher temperature materials. (Author)

Descriptors :   *ELECTRIC POWER PRODUCTION, *MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS, *VORTEX GENERATORS, COMBUSTION CHAMBERS, HYDRIDES, HYDROGEN, OXIDES, OXYGEN, POTASSIUM COMPOUNDS, VORTICES

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE