Accession Number : AD0634538

Title :   THE DEVELOPMENT OF A FLAME FIRED THERMIONIC GENERATOR.

Descriptive Note : Summary technical rept., 15 Mar 65-15 Apr 66,

Corporate Author : RADIO CORP OF AMERICA LANCASTER PA DIRECT ENERGY CONVERSION DEPT

Personal Author(s) : Hall, W. B.

Report Date : 15 APR 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 95

Abstract : The report covers a program to investigate components for flame fired thermionic energy conversion systems. The objective of the program is to demonstrate the feasibility of integrating a thermionic converter with a barrier layer and a heat pipe to obtain 1500 hour reliability of the assembly. A basic subassembly was designed to deliver 100 electrical watts from the thermal energy of a fossil fuel flame operating in an air environment. Twelve of these units would be used in the one kilowatt power module. Problems of heat transfer, permeation barrier integration, heat pipe processing and closure, and burner temperature uniformity were encountered and substantially reduced or eliminated. After the separate components were evaluated and determined to be satisfactory, a fossil fuel-heated converter was assembled which delivered 100 watts of power during testing. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*THERMIONIC CONVERTERS, FEASIBILITY STUDIES), (*FUELS, THERMIONIC CONVERTERS), (*GENERATORS, THERMIONIC CONVERTERS), PIPES, HEATERS, ELECTRIC POWER PRODUCTION, HEAT EXCHANGERS, FLAMES, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING)

Subject Categories : Electric Power Production and Distribution

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE