THERMIONIC CONVERTER LIFE AND REPEATABILITY INVESTIGATION.
Quarterly progress rept. no. 1, 2 Jan-31 Mar 64,
THERMO ELECTRON ENGINEERING CORP WALTHAM MASS
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The two major goals of the program are 1 to develop a clear understanding of the factors which affect the life and performance of thermionic converters through the use of adequate diagnostic tools, and 2 to acquire the technology and techniques necessary to design and fabricate experimental converters having long life and high power output on a repeatable and predictable basis. Towards these goals, life test equipment was designed to enable testing any converter for long-sustained life as well as for cyclic life evaluations. Furthermore, diagnostic facilities are incorporated in the design of the life test stations. In addition to the life test equipment, a cesium vapor, repairable thermionic converter was designed and fabricated. Author