Accession Number : ADA338996

Title :   Conceptual Design of a Space-Based Multimegawatt MHD Power System, Task 1 Topical Report; Volume 1: Technical Discussion

Descriptive Note : Topical rept.

Corporate Author : WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC CORP PITTSBURGH PA ADVANCED ENERGY SYSTEMS DIV

Personal Author(s) : Dana, R. A.

PDF Url : ADA338996

Report Date : 01 JAN 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 214

Abstract : This Topical Report presents the results of Task 1 of the Feasibility Assessment for Space Based Multimegawatt MHD Power Systems program. It consists of two volumes. Volume 1 contains the results of the work performed in Task 1 as presented and discussed in Sections 2 through 6. Section 2 is an executive summary of the work. Section 3 contains a complete description of the space based multimegawatt MHD power system conceptual design. System performance and operations characteristics are also identified. It has been assumed in Task 1 that the system provides power to a Neutral Particle Beam (NPB) Weapon, for which generic load requirements are presented. Integration of the power system and NPB with alternative space launch vehicles is also discussed in this section. Section 4 contains a discussion of key technical issues and questions requiring additional investigation. Section 5 presents the Research and Development plan which is proposed for Task 2. Conclusions and Recommendations are contained in Section 6. Volume 2 of the report contains the System Requirements, Design Guidelines and Assumptions for the space based multimegawatt MHD power system. This is an initial system specification document which will be refined during the course of Task 2.

Descriptors :   *NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS, *MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMIC GENERATORS, *PARTICLE BEAM WEAPONS, SPACE TECHNOLOGY, SPACE SYSTEMS, POWER SUPPLIES, LAUNCH VEHICLES, SPACE BASED, ENRICHED FUEL REACTORS.

Subject Categories : Nuclear Fission Reactors(power)
      Directed Energy Weapons

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE