Energy Conversion for Space Power

Energy Conversion for Space Power

1st Edition - January 1, 1961

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  • Editor: Nathan Snyder
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323142489

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Progress in Astronautics and Rocketry, Volume 3: Energy Conversion for Space Power focuses on the use of dependable electric power sources on space vehicles. Composed of various literature, the book first discusses the physics of thermoelectricity, thermoelectric generator of materials, the use of semiconductors in thermoelectric conversion, and the use of high temperature thermoelectric materials for power generation. The text also presents experiments on the effect of irradiation on thermoelectric materials, thermoelectric elements in space power systems, and thermionics. The book then describes photovoltaic effect and conversion of solar energy; trends in silicon solar cell technology; the use of silicon solar cells in energy conversion; and how radiation affects solar cell power systems. The text notes the specifications of batteries if used in communications satellites; the use of positive-displacement engines and turbines on cryogenic power systems; and the characteristics of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) generators in space power conversion. The book is a good source of information for readers and scientists wanting to explore the potential of energy conversion in space power technology.

Table of Contents

  • Power Systems Committee


    A. Thermoelectricity

    Physics of Thermoelectricity

    Thermoelectric Generator Materials

    High-Temperature Semiconductors for Thermoelectric Conversion

    The Use of High Temperature Thermoelectric Materials (Suicides) for Power Generation in Space

    Irradiation Effects on Thermoelectric Materials

    Thermoelectric Elements in Space Power Systems

    Thermoelectric Materials for Space Cooling I

    B. Thermionics

    Review of the Physics of Thermionics

    Plasma Thermionics

    Cesium Converter Studies

    Parametric Optimization of the Emission-Limited Thermionic Converter

    Experimental Research on Plasma Thermionic Energy Converters

    Theory of the Cesium Plasma Energy Converter with a Tungsten Cathode

    Chemistry of Fuel Element Cathode Materials

    A Nuclear-Thermionic Fuel Element Test

    C. Photovoltaic Cells

    The Photovoltaic Effect and Solar Energy Conversion

    Advances in Silicon Solar Cell Development

    Large Area Solar Cells

    Evaporated CdS Film Photovoltaic Cells for Solar Energy Conversion

    Integrally Composed Variable Energy Gap Photovoltaic Cells

    Some Theoretical Aspects of the Physics of Solar Cells

    Electron Bombardment of Silicon Solar Cells

    Radiation Damage in Satellite Solar Cell Power Systems

    High Energy Proton Radiation Damage

    The Use of Vacuum Deposited Coatings to Improve the Conversion Efficiency of Silicon Solar Cells in Space

    D. Electrochemical Cells

    General Evaluation of Chemicals for Regenerative Fuel Cells

    Resume of Thermally Regenerative Fuel Cell Systems

    Regenerative Hydrogen-Oxygen Fuel Cell

    Fuel Cells with Ion Exchange Membranes

    Regenerative Ion Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Developments

    Fuel Cells for Astronautic Application

    Secondary Batteries for Energy Storage in Space

    Battery Considerations for a Communications Satellite

    E. Dynamic Engines

    Vapor Turbine for Space Power

    Stirling Engine Development for Space Power

    Comparative Rating of Positive-Displacement Engines and Turbines for Cryogenic Power Systems

    Zero Gravity Boiling and Condensing

    An Electro-Mechanical Energy Storage System for Space Application

    F. Magnetohydrodynamics

    The Prospects for MHD Power Generation

    Aspects of Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) Generators for Space

    Experiments Relating to Generation of Power by Magnetohydrodynamics

    A Vortex MHD Power Generator

    On the Magnetogasdynamics of Compressible Vortices

    G. Electrostatic Generators

    High Voltage Generation in Space: The Parametric Electrostatic Machine

    Electrostatic Generators in Space Power Systems

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  • No. of pages: 796
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1961
  • Published: January 1, 1961
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323142489

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