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THERMIONIC AC GENERATION
REPUBLIC AVIATION CORP FARMINGDALE N Y
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A system for modulating the output of a thermionic generator and delivering a high voltage alternating current to the load is presented. After optimizing the mode of operation, equations for the maximum conversion efficiency are derived. For a given anode work function and cathode temperature, it is shown that the maximum ac efficiency is equal to approximately 70 of the corresponding dc value. An illustrative example, including a proposed design for a rather unconventional transformer, is appended. Author
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