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Title: Thermoelectric generator with hinged assembly for fins

Abstract

A cylindrical casing has a central shielded capsule of radioisotope fuel. A plurality of thermonuclear modules are axially arranged with their hot junctions resiliently pressed toward the shield and with their cold junctions adjacent a transition member having fins radiating heat to the environment. For each module, the assembly of transition member and fins is hinged to the casing for swinging to permit access to and removal of such module. A ceramic plate having gold layers on opposite faces prevents diffusion bonding of the hot junction to the shield.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [2];  [3]
  1. Indiana, PA
  2. Pittsburgh, PA
  3. Apollo, PA
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., Sunnyvale, Calif.
OSTI Identifier:
862689
Patent Number(s):
3989546
Application Number:
05/449,818
Assignee:
ARCO Medical Products Company (Leechburg, PA)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
G - PHYSICS G21 - NUCLEAR PHYSICS G21H - OBTAINING ENERGY FROM RADIOACTIVE SOURCES
H - ELECTRICITY H01 - BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS H01L - SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES
DOE Contract Number:  
AT(29-2)-2049
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
thermoelectric; generator; hinged; assembly; fins; cylindrical; casing; central; shielded; capsule; radioisotope; fuel; plurality; thermonuclear; modules; axially; arranged; hot; junctions; resiliently; pressed; shield; cold; adjacent; transition; radiating; heat; environment; module; swinging; permit; access; removal; ceramic; plate; gold; layers; opposite; prevents; diffusion; bonding; junction; electric generator; thermoelectric generator; fusion bonding; ceramic plate; diffusion bonding; cylindrical casing; resiliently pressed; fusion bond; /136/976/

Citation Formats

Purdy, David L, Shapiro, Zalman M, Hursen, Thomas F, and Maurer, Gerould W. Thermoelectric generator with hinged assembly for fins. United States: N. p., 1976. Web.
Purdy, David L, Shapiro, Zalman M, Hursen, Thomas F, & Maurer, Gerould W. Thermoelectric generator with hinged assembly for fins. United States.
Purdy, David L, Shapiro, Zalman M, Hursen, Thomas F, and Maurer, Gerould W. Tue . "Thermoelectric generator with hinged assembly for fins". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/862689.
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title = {Thermoelectric generator with hinged assembly for fins},
author = {Purdy, David L and Shapiro, Zalman M and Hursen, Thomas F and Maurer, Gerould W},
abstractNote = {A cylindrical casing has a central shielded capsule of radioisotope fuel. A plurality of thermonuclear modules are axially arranged with their hot junctions resiliently pressed toward the shield and with their cold junctions adjacent a transition member having fins radiating heat to the environment. For each module, the assembly of transition member and fins is hinged to the casing for swinging to permit access to and removal of such module. A ceramic plate having gold layers on opposite faces prevents diffusion bonding of the hot junction to the shield.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1976},
month = {11}
}

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