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Title: Tube-in-tube thermophotovoltaic generator

Abstract

A thermophotovoltaic device includes at least one thermal radiator tube, a cooling tube concentrically disposed within each thermal radiator tube and an array of thermophotovoltaic cells disposed on the exterior surface of the cooling tube. A shell having a first end and a second end surrounds the thermal radiator tube. Inner and outer tubesheets, each having an aperture corresponding to each cooling tube, are located at each end of the shell. The thermal radiator tube extends within the shell between the inner tubesheets. The cooling tube extends within the shell through the corresponding apertures of the two inner tubesheets to the corresponding apertures of the two outer tubesheets. A plurality of the thermal radiator tubes can be arranged in a staggered or an in-line configuration within the shell.

Inventors:
 [1];  [1];  [2]
  1. (Scotia, NY)
  2. (Clifton Park, NY)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL), Niskayuna, NY
OSTI Identifier:
871658
Patent Number(s):
5772793
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC) KAPL
DOE Contract Number:  
AC12-76SN00052
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
tube-in-tube; thermophotovoltaic; generator; device; thermal; radiator; tube; cooling; concentrically; disposed; array; cells; exterior; surface; shell; surrounds; inner; outer; tubesheets; aperture; corresponding; located; extends; apertures; plurality; tubes; arranged; staggered; in-line; configuration; thermal radiator; cells disposed; thermophotovoltaic device; photovoltaic cells; inner tube; photovoltaic device; outer tube; exterior surface; photovoltaic cell; outer tubes; concentrically disposed; radiator tube; cooling tube; tube extends; thermophotovoltaic cell; /136/

Citation Formats

Ashcroft, John, Campbell, Brian, and DePoy, David. Tube-in-tube thermophotovoltaic generator. United States: N. p., 1998. Web.
Ashcroft, John, Campbell, Brian, & DePoy, David. Tube-in-tube thermophotovoltaic generator. United States.
Ashcroft, John, Campbell, Brian, and DePoy, David. Thu . "Tube-in-tube thermophotovoltaic generator". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/871658.
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title = {Tube-in-tube thermophotovoltaic generator},
author = {Ashcroft, John and Campbell, Brian and DePoy, David},
abstractNote = {A thermophotovoltaic device includes at least one thermal radiator tube, a cooling tube concentrically disposed within each thermal radiator tube and an array of thermophotovoltaic cells disposed on the exterior surface of the cooling tube. A shell having a first end and a second end surrounds the thermal radiator tube. Inner and outer tubesheets, each having an aperture corresponding to each cooling tube, are located at each end of the shell. The thermal radiator tube extends within the shell between the inner tubesheets. The cooling tube extends within the shell through the corresponding apertures of the two inner tubesheets to the corresponding apertures of the two outer tubesheets. A plurality of the thermal radiator tubes can be arranged in a staggered or an in-line configuration within the shell.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1998},
month = {1}
}

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