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Title: Generation of electrical power

Abstract

A heat-to-electricity converter is disclosed which includes a radioactive heat source and a thermoelectric element of relatively short overall length capable of delivering a low voltage of the order of a few tenths of a volt. Such a thermoelectric element operates at a higher efficiency than longer higher-voltage elements; for example, elements producing 6 volts. In the generation of required power, thermoelectric element drives a solid-state converter which is controlled by input current rather than input voltage and operates efficiently for a high signal-plus-noise to signal ratio of current. The solid-state converter has the voltage gain necessary to deliver the required voltage at the low input of the thermoelectric element.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [3]
  1. Monroeville, PA
  2. Leechburg, PA
  3. Indiana, PA
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Arco Nuclear Co., Leechburg, Pa. (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
862479
Patent Number(s):
3944438
Assignee:
Arco Medical Products Company (Leechburg, PA)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
H - ELECTRICITY H02 - GENERATION H02M - APPARATUS FOR CONVERSION BETWEEN AC AND AC, BETWEEN AC AND DC, OR BETWEEN DC AND DC, AND FOR USE WITH MAINS OR SIMILAR POWER SUPPLY SYSTEMS
A - HUMAN NECESSITIES A61 - MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE A61N - ELECTROTHERAPY
DOE Contract Number:  
AT(11-1)-3057
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
generation; electrical; power; heat-to-electricity; converter; disclosed; radioactive; heat; source; thermoelectric; element; relatively; overall; length; capable; delivering; voltage; tenths; volt; operates; efficiency; higher-voltage; elements; example; producing; volts; required; drives; solid-state; controlled; input; current; efficiently; signal-plus-noise; signal; ratio; deliver; thermoelectric element; input voltage; electrical power; heat source; electric element; required voltage; active heat; overall length; /136/976/

Citation Formats

Hursen, Thomas F, Kolenik, Steven A, and Purdy, David L. Generation of electrical power. United States: N. p., 1976. Web.
Hursen, Thomas F, Kolenik, Steven A, & Purdy, David L. Generation of electrical power. United States.
Hursen, Thomas F, Kolenik, Steven A, and Purdy, David L. Thu . "Generation of electrical power". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/862479.
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author = {Hursen, Thomas F and Kolenik, Steven A and Purdy, David L},
abstractNote = {A heat-to-electricity converter is disclosed which includes a radioactive heat source and a thermoelectric element of relatively short overall length capable of delivering a low voltage of the order of a few tenths of a volt. Such a thermoelectric element operates at a higher efficiency than longer higher-voltage elements; for example, elements producing 6 volts. In the generation of required power, thermoelectric element drives a solid-state converter which is controlled by input current rather than input voltage and operates efficiently for a high signal-plus-noise to signal ratio of current. The solid-state converter has the voltage gain necessary to deliver the required voltage at the low input of the thermoelectric element.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {1976},
month = {1}
}

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