Power Tests with the AFAPL KIVA-I MHD Generator.
Interim technical rept. Jan 72-Jan 73,
AIR FORCE AERO PROPULSION LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO
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The AFAPL open cycle MHD facility, KIVA-I, was operated for the purpose of maximizing power output. This was accomplished through a process of adjusting the various operating conditions of the system. Maximum power of 210 kw was achieved with a magnetic field strength of 2.3 Tesla. Input propellant was 0.6 kgsec of toluene oxidized by gaseous oxygen. Theoretical analysis of the data is in most respects in agreement with the observations. Electrode voltage drops of around 100 volts are deduced, with a total diagonal channel output voltage of 1200 volts. A dc-dc converter was applied for stepping up the output to 50 kv. Author
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