Accession Number:

AD0257619

Title:

MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMIC POWER GENERATOR FEASIBILITY STUDY

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PRATT AND WHITNEY AIRCRAFT EAST HARTFORD CONN

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Report Date:

1961-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

The feasibility was investigated of generating large quantities of power by magnetohydrodynamics. The required characteristics of the generator included an output of 1000 mw at 1500 v, capability of starting within 10 sec, ability to operate continuously for periods between 10 sec and 12 hr, and a total life of 20 hr. A generator was designed to produce a net output of 1000 mw in an MHD section 20 feet long. Total generator length including exhaust ducts was less than 80 feet. The plasma was created by seeding the combustion products of a hydrocarbon fuel and O with KNO2. The magnetic field is produced by a copper-coil electromagnet which is cooled by liquid O to reduce the electrical heating losses. The studies indicated that the MHD concept is potentially attractive as compared to conventional means of generating power. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE