Accession Number : AD0700945

Title :   BASIC RESEARCH IN THERMIONIC ENERGY CONVERSION.

Descriptive Note : Technical summary rept. 1 Aug 68-30 Nov 69,

Corporate Author : NORTH AMERICAN ROCKWELL CORP CANOGA PARK CALIF ATOMICS INTERNATIONAL DIV

Personal Author(s) : Warner,Charles ; Hansen,Lorin K.

Report Date : DEC 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 100

Abstract : The program was directed toward an understanding of the fundamental processes occurring in thermionic energy converters and the effects of these processes on overall converter performance. A theoretical approach was studied for solving the equations which describe the wide spaced diode. In the past these equations have not been solvable with available techniques. With some reservations the new computer results agree with available experimental data. Secondly, the trapping of ions in potential wells was studied and a new criterion has been developed which relates parameters associated with double sheath emission barriers. This criterion will be useful in deciding the essential physics of converters operating below the knee of the I-V curve. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*THERMIONIC CONVERTERS, PLASMAS(PHYSICS)), CESIUM, DIODES, THERMIONIC EMISSION, POTENTIAL THEORY

Subject Categories : Electric Power Production and Distribution

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE