Accession Number : AD0616584

Title :   ELECTRICAL POWER FROM ROCKETS,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Huth,J. H.

Report Date : 16 MAR 1960

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : The paper discusses the characteristics of magnetohydrodynamic generators, as applied to ground-based chemical-rocket exhausts. Simple open-cycle units can have ultimate efficiencies up to 40 per cent, and can provide electrical power on very short notice. More specifically, rocket-powered MHD generators are suited to applications requiring hundreds or thousands of electrical megawatts for a few minutes. Within this range one can foresee power densities (including the magnet) of at least 250 kw/cu ft. The main problems center about developing suitable materials for operation near 2000 - 3000K. However, no moving parts are required in the MHD generator itself, where these temperatures manifest themselves. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ELECTRIC POWER PRODUCTION, ROCKET ENGINES), (*MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS, ELECTRIC POWER PRODUCTION), (*GENERATORS, MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS), (*ROCKET ENGINES, ELECTRIC POWER PRODUCTION), THEORY, HIGH TEMPERATURE

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE