Energy Conversion for Space Power - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123955609, 9780323142489

Energy Conversion for Space Power

1st Edition

Editors: Nathan Snyder
eBook ISBN: 9780323142489
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1961
Page Count: 796
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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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