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INVESTIGATION OF NON-THERMAL IONIZATION FOR MHD ENERGY CONVERSION,
GENERAL ELECTRIC CO PHILADELPHIA PA MISSILE AND SPACE DIV
This report describes a theoretical and applied research program directed toward prolonging the lifetime of magnetohydrodynamic MHD energy converters by reducing the necessary operating temperatures to the range 1000 - 2000 K. The process of interest is the use of the magnetically induced electric field in the MHD generator for electrical breakdown of appropriate working fluids. Work was directed toward the use of alkali metals for Rankine vapor cycles although the results are applicable to Brayton cycles with certain nuclear reactors and alkali metal seeded noble gases for studing the basic parameters of the breakdown. Author
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