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Title: Thermionic converter

Abstract

A thermionic converter (10) is set forth which includes an envelope (12) having an electron collector structure (22) attached adjacent to a wall (16). An electron emitter structure (24) is positioned adjacent the collector structure (22) and spaced apart from opposite wall (14). The emitter (24) and collector (22) structures are in a common chamber (20). The emitter structure (24) is heated substantially only by thermal radiation. Very small interelectrode gaps (28) can be maintained utilizing the thermionic converter (10) whereby increased efficiency results.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. Livermore, CA
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
RASOR ASSOC INC
OSTI Identifier:
866262
Patent Number(s):
4667126
Application Number:
06/444,736
Assignee:
Rasor Associates, Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
H - ELECTRICITY H01 - BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS H01J - ELECTRIC DISCHARGE TUBES OR DISCHARGE LAMPS
H - ELECTRICITY H02 - GENERATION H02N - ELECTRIC MACHINES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-76ET11293
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
thermionic; converter; 10; set; forth; envelope; 12; electron; collector; structure; 22; attached; adjacent; wall; 16; emitter; 24; positioned; spaced; apart; opposite; 14; structures; common; chamber; 20; heated; substantially; thermal; radiation; interelectrode; gaps; 28; maintained; utilizing; whereby; increased; efficiency; results; thermionic converter; electron emitter; electrode gap; thermal radiation; spaced apart; positioned adjacent; common chamber; set forth; electron collector; emitter structure; increased efficiency; collector structure; /310/

Citation Formats

Fitzpatrick, Gary O. Thermionic converter. United States: N. p., 1987. Web.
Fitzpatrick, Gary O. Thermionic converter. United States.
Fitzpatrick, Gary O. Tue . "Thermionic converter". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/866262.
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abstractNote = {A thermionic converter (10) is set forth which includes an envelope (12) having an electron collector structure (22) attached adjacent to a wall (16). An electron emitter structure (24) is positioned adjacent the collector structure (22) and spaced apart from opposite wall (14). The emitter (24) and collector (22) structures are in a common chamber (20). The emitter structure (24) is heated substantially only by thermal radiation. Very small interelectrode gaps (28) can be maintained utilizing the thermionic converter (10) whereby increased efficiency results.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1987},
month = {5}
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