Energy Conversion System Reference Handbook Volume VIII. Other Devices

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Report Number: WADD TR 60-699 Volume VIII
Author(s): Wall, R., Erway, D.
Corporate Author(s): Electro-Optical Systems, Inc.
Date of Publication: 1960-09
Pages: 145
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Identifier: AD0256882

Volume VIII describes the performance characteristics of several auxiliary components useful in space power systems including orientation mechanisms, pumps, and static conversion and regulation devices. In addition, the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) generator is analyzed as a thermal energy converter, and the possibilities of using beamed electromagnetic power are discussed. Weight, efficiency, power requirements, and other design characteristics of the auxiliary equipment are presented in empirical and analytical form. It is shown that beamed electromagnetic power does not appear useful until major breakthroughs in antenna design and theory are achieved. The theoretical relations describing the MHD generator and the possibilities of its eventual use in thermal systems are described.

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