Accession Number : AD0423909

Title :   INVESTIGATION OF NON-THERMAL IONIZATION FOR MHD ENERGY CONVERSION,

Corporate Author : GENERAL ELECTRIC CO PHILADELPHIA PA MISSILE AND SPACE DIV

Personal Author(s) : Hoffman,B. ; Shair,F. H.

Report Date : OCT 1963

Pagination or Media Count : 189

Abstract : This report describes a theoretical and applied research program directed toward prolonging the lifetime of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) energy converters by reducing the necessary operating temperatures to the range 1000 - 2000 K. The process of interest is the use of the magnetically induced electric field in the MHD generator for electrical breakdown of appropriate working fluids. Work was directed toward the use of alkali metals for Rankine (vapor) cycles (although the results are applicable to Brayton cycles with certain nuclear reactors) and alkali metal seeded noble gases for studing the basic parameters of the breakdown. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ENERGY CONVERSION, MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS), (*MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS, ENERGY CONVERSION), (*ELECTRIC POWER PRODUCTION, MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS), MAGNETIC FIELDS, ELECTRIC FIELDS, ALKALI METALS, RARE GASES, PLASMAS(PHYSICS), GAS IONIZATION, ARGON, CESIUM, POTASSIUM, DIODES, ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY, THEORY

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE