Accession Number : AD0660882

Title :   NON-EQUILIBRIUM IONIZATION IN A POTASSIUM GAS MHD DEVICE.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : ATOMICS INTERNATIONAL CANOGA PARK CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Guderjohn,C. A.

Report Date : SEP 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 58

Abstract : A theoretical and experimental study of the plasma properties and fluid mechanisms of an annular magnetohydrodynamic generator operated in the Hall mode and driven by potassium gas is described. Nonequilibrium ionization is observed but is accompanied by concentration of current into streamers in the generator and reduction in the expected Hall voltage. As a consequence, the generator efficiency is reduced to zero. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMIC GENERATORS, *MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS), (*POTASSIUM, *GAS IONIZATION), EFFICIENCY, IRREVERSIBLE PROCESSES, GASES, ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY

Subject Categories : Electric Power Production and Distribution
      Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE