Development of Design Criteria, Cost Estimates, and Schedules for an MHD High Performance Demonstration Experiment
Final rept. Apr 1972-Apr 1973
ARNOLD ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT CENTER ARNOLD AFB TN
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The successful application of magnetohydrodynamics MHD for commercial, coal-fired, base-load power generation requires that the generator have an energy extraction ratio of approximately 0.20 with a turbine efficiency of 70 percent. There is a significant gap between this required performance and the generator performance which has been achieved to date. The commercial MHD concept is critically dependent upon the generator achieving this required performance, and it is therefore essential that a demonstration of this generator performance have the highest priority. Of equal importance, the generator channel configuration and operating conditions which are necessary in order to achieve the required performance will be determined while accomplishing the performance demonstration. Thus other Office of Coal Research OCR sponsored MHD research efforts can be directed toward the real problems and configurations as determined by solid experiments.
- Electric Power Production and Distribution
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics