Space Power Systems Engineering - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781483230566, 9781483276915

Space Power Systems Engineering

1st Edition

Editors: George C. Szego J. Edward Taylor
eBook ISBN: 9781483276915
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1966
Page Count: 1322
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Space Power Systems Engineering is a collection of papers dealing with the requirements for space power systems, system design, component research, the problems of application to spacecraft, and the development of a variety of space electric power systems. Some papers discuss nuclear power systems development, including nuclear reactors, nuclear dynamic systems, nuclear thermoelectric systems, and nuclear thermionic systems. Several papers tackle solar systems development, including solar collectors, solar dynamic systems, solar thermoelectric systems, chemical fuel cell systems, and chemical primary battery systems. A magnetohydrodynamic power system can be utilized for space electric generation. Power conversion or conditioning involves the interface between raw electric power and the on-board consumption of that electric power. One paper cites an application of a potential power system: particularly the engine development in a power package which includes a single-cylinder engine, generator, gas compressor, and recuperator. Some design considerations for the engine include an operation with an 0-H mixture of 2 to 1 obtained either from supercritical tankage or in the form of helium-diluted boil-off gases; a power level of 2-kw average, 3-kw maximum; and an uninterrupted life of 350 hr. The collection can prove immensely beneficial for nuclear engineers, aeronautical engineers, chemists, researchers, or technical designers whose works are related with energy conversion and space power systems.

Table of Contents

Electric Power Systems Committee



I.Requirements and Applications

I.1 Nuclear Requirements and Applications

Radioisotope Power Systems for Manned Space Stations

Application of SNAP Powerplants for the Lunar Base Mission

Nuclear Electric Power for Manned Space Stations

Application of Nuclear Electric Propulsion to Unmanned Scientific Probe Missions

Electrical Propulsion for Space Missions: Planning Considerations

A Critical Discussion on the Planning Considerations of Electric Propulsion for Space Missions

Nuclear-Electric Power Requirements for Electric Rockets

I.2 Solar and Chemical Requirements and Applications

Multikilowatt Solar Cell Power Systems

Estimate of Solar-Thermionic System Performance

Auxiliary Power Generating System for a Large Space Laboratory

Electrical Power Generation System Requirements for a Logistics Spacecraft

Power Systems Comparison for Manned Space Station Applications

Preliminary Study of Thermal Integration of Electrical Power and Lifes Support Systems for Manned Space Vehicles

Advanced Fuel Cell Applications for Space Missions

II.Nuclear Thermoelectric Systems

II.1 The SNAP 2, 8, and 10A Reactor Programs Progress Report

SNAP 2, 8, and 10A Reactor Programs Progress Report

II.2 Nuclear Dynamic Systems

Application of the Brayton Cycle to Nuclear Electric Space Power Systems

Status of SNAP-8 Electrical Generating System

Recent Developments in Meteoroid Protection for Space Power Systems

The MPRE: A Boiling Potassium Reactor System

The SNAP-50/SPUR Program

A Summary of the SNAP Mercury Rankine System Status

II.3 Nuclear Thermoelectric Systems

SNAP 9A - Significant Development Factors and Launch Approval

SNAP 10A - A Status Report

11.4 Nuclear Thermionic Systems

Multiple-Stage Thermionic Module

An Engineering Evaluation of Advanced Nuclear Thermionic Space Powerplants

Thermionic Double-Diode Fueled Converter

Low-Power Isotope Thermionic Development Program (SNAP-13)

Leonard Topper

III. Solar Systems Development

III.1 Solar Collectors

Centrifugally Stabilized Deployable Solar Collectors

Solar Concentrator Design and Construction

III.2 Solar Dynamic Systems from 3 to 100 kw

1.5-kw Solar Dynamic Space Power System

Solar Brayton-Cycle Power-System Development

Design Study of Solar Absorbers with Lithium Fluoride Heat Storage

Development Status of Aluminum Solar Concentrators

III.3 Solar Thermoelectric Systems

Solar Thermoelectric Power Conversion Coupled with Thermal Storage for Orbital Space Applications

Experiments on Radiant Energy Conversion Using Thin Dielectric Films

III.4 Solar Thermionic Systems

NASA Solar Concentrator Development

Status Report on Solar Thermionic Power Systems

Solar Thermionic Power Systems Development

III.5 Solar Photovoltaic Systems

Large Area Solar Cell Array

State of the Art in Solar Cell Arrays for Space Electricl Power

IV. Chemical Systems Development

IV.1 Chemical Fuel Cell Systems

Chemical and Electrical Engineering of Fuel Cell Systems

5-kw Hydrocarbon-Air Fuel Cell Power Source

Reliability-Engineering of Fuel Cells for Space Power

Engineering and Economic Aspects of Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell Systems

Systems Engineering of Fuel Cell Powerplants

IV.2 Chemical Primary Battery Systems

Sealed Silver- Zinc Batteries

New Primary Battery Systems

Thermal Analysis of Hermetically Sealed Nickel-Cadmium Cells for Space Applications

Auxiliary Electrode Space Cells

IV.3 Chemical Dynamic Systems

Advanced Continuous Duty Power Supply for Space Vehicles

Intermittent Flow Turbine Power System

Hypergolic Fueled Reciprocating Space Power Unit

Development of Hydrogen-Oxygen Fueled 3-kw Internal-Combustion Engine

IV.4 Power Conversion Systems

Power System Analysis and Optimization Using Advanced Voltage Regulation Techniques

Power Conditioning Development for Ion Engines

V.MHD Power Systems for Space

Liquid-Metal MHD Power Conversion

Contributors to Volume 16


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About the Editor

George C. Szego

J. Edward Taylor

J. Edward Taylor is a professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis. He is a Fellow of both the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Ed co-authored the award-winning book Beyond Experiments in Development Economics: Local Economy-wide Impact Evaluation (Oxford University Press, 2014), Essentials of Development Economics (University of California Press, 2015), Essentials of Applied Econometrics (University of California Press, 2016) and Worlds in Motion: Understanding International Migration at the End of the Millennium (Oxford University Press, 2005). He is listed in Who’s Who in Economics as one of the world’s most cited economists. Ed has advised numerous foreign governments and international development agencies on matters related to economic development, and he has been an editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, USA

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