Accession Number : AD0476962


Title :   100 WATT THERMOELECTRIC GENERATOR.


Descriptive Note : Rept. no. 4 (Final) 1 Jul 64-30 Jun 65,


Corporate Author : RADIO CORP OF AMERICA HARRISON NJ


Personal Author(s) : Van Heyst, H P ; Schade, O H , Jr


Report Date : 31 Jul 1965


Pagination or Media Count : 130


Abstract : An exploratory model, 100-watt, thermoelectric generator utilizing silicon-germanium building-block modules was designed, fabricated, tested, and delivered. It employs a vaporizing-type combustion system which is especially suitable for burning leaded gasoline. In the process of converting the gasoline from liquid to vapor, a large percentage of the lead-compound additives and the fuel heavy-ends are removed. Both of these tend to foul the system, hence are undesirable. Tests conducted on the converter-burner subassembly as well as on the complete generator assembly have established the technical feasibility of leaded-gasoline fueled thermoelectric generators using silicon-germanium thermoelements. The prospect of meeting the volume and weight goals of 1 cubic foot and 20 pounds respectively, however, does not look encouraging. Objective values of 1.5 cubic feet and 25 pounds are more realistic. During the latter part of the program, consideration was given to the possible use of an ultrasonic atomizing combustion system which could provide a multi-fuel capability together with an advantage in system maintenance. (Author)


Descriptors :   *GENERATORS , *ENERGY CONVERSION , HEAT EXCHANGERS , THERMOELECTRICITY , THERMOCOUPLES , BLOWERS , MODULES(ELECTRONICS) , SILICON ALLOYS , GERMANIUM ALLOYS , COMBUSTION , GASOLINE , VAPORIZATION , FUELS , LEAD COMPOUNDS


Subject Categories : Electric Power Production and Distribution


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE