Accession Number:

AD0256797

Title:

MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMIC VORTEX POWER GENERATION

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AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CALIF

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Report Date:

1961-03-15

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

The possibility of using a hydrodynamically driven vortex to convert thermal energy into electrical energy is investigated. Two promising areas of application as a space power generator are uncovered. The first is as a short term power supply when used in conjunction with a rocket exhaust and the second is a long term power supply when used in a closed cycle nuclear system. Estimates of the operating characteristics of the MHD vortex in both of these environments are presented. It is concluded that the open cycle MHD vortex should be competitive with other systems for operating times between a few seconds and an hour at power levels above a few kilowatts. It is also concluded that replacing the turbo-alternator package in a closed cycle nuclear system with an MHD vortex provides a potential increase in the specific power output KWlb of the order of 100 for power levels above a few hundred kilowatts. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE