Accession Number:

AD0620511

Title:

THERMIONIC REACTOR RELIABILITY

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GENERAL DYNAMICS SAN DIEGO CA GENERAL ATOMIC DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1965-06-28

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

Thermionic converter network reliability is determined as a function of the network electrical configuration and the converter reliability. The study shows that the most reliable configuration is the matrix type of network, with series-connected converters cross-connected in parallel between converters so that an alternate path for electrical current is provided in the event of an open-circuit failure. It was found that with an optimized cross-connector, the most reliable matrix has about three times as many cells in series as in parallel, which conveniently coincides with the advantage of high voltage production. By supplying a small amount of redundant power to the network at the beginning of operation, matrix reliabilities can be orders of magnitude higher than the reliability of the converters. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Electric Power Production and Distribution

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE