SUPERCONDUCTING MAGNET RESEARCH AND APPLICATION TO MHD POWER GENERATORS
Interim scientific rept. no. 1, 1 Feb-30 Apr 1963
WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC CORP PITTSBURGH PA
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An investigation was undertaken of the recently developed superconducting magnets and their application to MHD power generators for space use. The work includes theoretical analysis of an MHD generator with particular emphasis on the magnetic field requirements and a study of the problems of superconducting magnet design to fulfill these requirements. To attain this end, models of a superconducting magnet, cooling equipment and an MHD generator are analyzed. The total power system including a reactor heat source and radiator is then optimized on a power to-weight basis to find the optimum magnetic field. With this completed, a comparison is made between superconducting magnets and conventional magnets to illustrate the advantages or disadvantages of both.
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics