Operational Characteristics of the Beta-1 and Beta-2 Isotopic Thermoelectric Generators
ARMY FOREIGN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER CHARLOTTESVILLE VA
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The Beta-1 and Beta-2 experimental isotopic electrical generators, used as power sources for the ARMS-N Automatic Radio Meteorological Station, were created to check out a number of theoretical premises and design features upon which they are based. The Beta-1 and Beta-2 isotopic thermoelectric generators consist of the following basic components isotopic and thermal units, a thermopile unit, the housing, a biological safeguard, a thermodischarge system, as well as the generation and storage of electrical energy. The experimental operation of the Beta-2 isotopic thermoelectric generator showed that the installation was reliable in its operation and that the design of the generator and the biological safeguard provide the necessary radiation safety- observing the widely accepted rules for operating the covered ion-emission sources and the rules for operation.
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