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Author Salmi, E. W.
Sponsorship USDOE
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword PHYSICS ♦ CESIUM ♦ CONVERSION ♦ ELECTRICITY ♦ NUMERICALS ♦ PLASMA ♦ POWER ♦ RESEARCH REACTORS ♦ RODS ♦ TESTING ♦ THERMIONICS ♦ NESDPS Office of Nuclear Energy Space and Defense Power Systems
Abstract The use of cesium plasma for electric power generation is examined theoretically, and the calculations result in a current of 50 amp/cm/sup 2/, a voltage of 1.7 volts, and a power output of 80 watts/cm/sup 2/ for a cesium vapor pressure of 0.1 mm Hg at 2500/sup o/K. The plasma thermocouple experimental program and results in this field are described briefly; a triple-cell experimental rod was developed for testing in a reactor and consists of three cells stacked in series. A possible modification of this rod for use in mass quantity in a water tank reactor and future applications of thermionic conventers are discussed: (D.L.C.)
ISSN 00134651
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1960-12-01
Publisher Department Los Alamos Scientific Lab., N. Mex.
Journal Journal of the Electrochemical Society
Volume Number 107
Organization Los Alamos Scientific Lab., N. Mex.


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