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Title: Thermionic converter temperature controller

Abstract

A method and apparatus for controlling the temperature of a thermionic reactor over a wide range of operating power, including a thermionic reactor having a plurality of integral cesium reservoirs, a honeycomb material disposed about the reactor which has a plurality of separated cavities, a solid sheath disposed about the honeycomb material and having an opening therein communicating with the honeycomb material and cavities thereof, and a shell disposed about the sheath for creating a coolant annulus therewith so that the coolant in the annulus may fill the cavities and permit nucleate boiling during the operation of the reactor.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [3]
  1. McMurray, PA
  2. Pittsburgh, PA
  3. Trafford, PA
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Westinghouse Electric Company
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
940762
Patent Number(s):
6222112
Application Number:
09/382,203
Assignee:
The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy (Washington, DC)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
G - PHYSICS G21 - NUCLEAR PHYSICS G21D - NUCLEAR POWER PLANT
Y - NEW / CROSS SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES Y02 - TECHNOLOGIES OR APPLICATIONS FOR MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE Y02E - REDUCTION OF GREENHOUSE GAS [GHG] EMISSIONS, RELATED TO ENERGY GENERATION, TRANSMISSION OR DISTRIBUTION
DOE Contract Number:  
AC11-93PN38195
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
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Citation Formats

Shaner, Benjamin J, Wolf, Joseph H, and Johnson, Robert G. R. Thermionic converter temperature controller. United States: N. p., 2001. Web.
Shaner, Benjamin J, Wolf, Joseph H, & Johnson, Robert G. R. Thermionic converter temperature controller. United States.
Shaner, Benjamin J, Wolf, Joseph H, and Johnson, Robert G. R. Tue . "Thermionic converter temperature controller". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/940762.
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abstractNote = {A method and apparatus for controlling the temperature of a thermionic reactor over a wide range of operating power, including a thermionic reactor having a plurality of integral cesium reservoirs, a honeycomb material disposed about the reactor which has a plurality of separated cavities, a solid sheath disposed about the honeycomb material and having an opening therein communicating with the honeycomb material and cavities thereof, and a shell disposed about the sheath for creating a coolant annulus therewith so that the coolant in the annulus may fill the cavities and permit nucleate boiling during the operation of the reactor.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2001},
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K-Max: a material with exceptional heat transfer properties
conference, January 1989