RESEARCH PROGRAM ON CLOSED-CYCLE MAGNETOPLASMA DYNAMIC ELECTRICAL POWER GENERATION WITH NON EQUILIBRIUM IONIZATION
Quarterly rept. no. 4 for period ending 15 June 1963
MARTIN CO BALTIMORE MD
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Research was continued on efforts to experimentally demonstrate the principle of non-equilibrium ionization under actual closed-cycle magnetoplasmadynamic generator operation conditions, to verify the basic phenomena underlying the behavior of moving ionized gases in the non equilibrium state when interacting with a magnetic field by correlation of the experimental results with the theory of non-equilibrium ionization and to investigate the potential performance of the MPD power generator with non equilibrium ionization in closed-cycle systems having a reactor heat source. A closed-cycle MPD electrical power generator research loop was fabricated and erected, a theory of the MPD generator with non-equilibrium ionization was developed and was correlated with experiments on cesium-seeded helium discharge tubes and the performance of the closed loop MPD electrical power generator with non- equilibrium ionization was investigated with respect to the feasible duct and loop arrangements.
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics