Design and testing of a heat pipe cooled thermionic energy converter

W.B. Veltkamp, L.R. Wolff, J.M.W.M. Schoonen, R. Bakker, M.P.A. Houtermans, A.M. Pijper, de

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    Abstract

    Research on thermionic conversion (TEC) at the Eindhoven University of Technology is described. The initial fundamental research on emitter materials has been followed by the design, construction and testing of a flame-heated, air-cooled TEC. Air cooling of the collector with a sodium heat pipe has been preferred as it improves the thermodynamical behavior of the TEC in its prime application area, the electrical generator of a total energy module (TOTEM). Some results of the characterization of the materials used in the convertor, some design considerations for the air-cooled test TEC constructed recently, and test results for a sodium heat pipe collector are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication24th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference (IECEC-89), 6-11 August 1989, Washington, DC, USA
    EditorsW.D. Jackson
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    Pages1171-1175
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1989
    Event24th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference (IECEC 1989) - Washington, United States
    Duration: 6 Aug 198911 Aug 1989
    Conference number: 24

    Conference

    Conference24th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference (IECEC 1989)
    Abbreviated titleIECEC 1989
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityWashington
    Period6/08/8911/08/89

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