CLAD CARBIDE NUCLEAR FUEL, THERMIONIC POWER, MODULES.
Quarterly progress rept. no. 1, 15 Mar-15 June 63.
ATOMICS INTERNATIONAL CANOGA PARK CALIF
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The general objective is to evaluate a clad carbide emitter, thermionic power module which simulates nuclear reactor installation, design, and performance. The module is an assembly of two series-connected converters with a single common cesium reservoir. The program goal is 500 hours cumulative operation at a power density of 7 wattssquare sm and an efficiency of 12. This report describes progress made during the first program quarter, including 1 Design finaliza tion 2 Component and fueled emitter design and fabrication 3 BeO-Cs compatibility and 4 Operation of a UC-Re planar electrode converter for the most successful high performance test ever achieved with a converter containing nuclear fuel, either inpile or out-of-pile. Author