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The direct conversion of heat into electricity in reactors; Conversion directe de la chaleur en electricite dans les piles

Abstract

The direct conversion of heat into electricity by thermionic emission in an atomic reactor has been studied with the triple aim of its utilisation: as an energy source for a space device, at the head of a conventional conversion system in power installations, or finally in association with the thermoelectric conversion in very low power installations. The laboratory experiments were mainly orientated towards the electron extraction of metals and compounds and their behaviour at high temperatures. Converters furnishing up to 50 amps at 0. 4 volts with an efficiency close to 10 p. 100 have been constructed in the laboratory; the emitters were heated by electron bombardment and were composed of tungsten covered with an uranium carbide deposit or molybdenum covered with cesium. The main aspects of the coupling between the converter and the reactor have been covered from the point of view of electronics: the influence of the mismatching of the load on the temperature of the emitter and the influence of thermal flux density on the temperature of the emitter and the stability of the converter. Converters using uranium carbide as the electron emitter have been tested in reactors. Tests have been made under dynamic conditions in order  More>>
Authors:
Devin, B; Bliaux, J; Lesueur, R [1] 
  1. Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d'Etudes Nucleaires
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 1964
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
CEA-R-2687
Resource Relation:
Other Information: 12 refs
Subject:
30 DIRECT ENERGY CONVERSION; ADSORPTION ISOTHERMS; CESIUM; COOLING SYSTEMS; CURRENT DENSITY; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; FISSION PRODUCT RELEASE; HEAT FLUX; KRYPTON; MOLYBDENUM; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; SERVICE LIFE; THERMIONIC CONVERSION; THERMIONIC CONVERTERS; THERMIONIC DIODES; TRANSIENTS; TUNGSTEN; URANIUM CARBIDES; XENON
OSTI ID:
20668381
Research Organizations:
CEA Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France)
Country of Origin:
France
Language:
French
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: FR05R2687107082
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form
Submitting Site:
FRN
Size:
25 pages
Announcement Date:
Dec 14, 2005

Citation Formats

Devin, B, Bliaux, J, and Lesueur, R. The direct conversion of heat into electricity in reactors; Conversion directe de la chaleur en electricite dans les piles. France: N. p., 1964. Web.
Devin, B, Bliaux, J, & Lesueur, R. The direct conversion of heat into electricity in reactors; Conversion directe de la chaleur en electricite dans les piles. France.
Devin, B, Bliaux, J, and Lesueur, R. 1964. "The direct conversion of heat into electricity in reactors; Conversion directe de la chaleur en electricite dans les piles." France.
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title = {The direct conversion of heat into electricity in reactors; Conversion directe de la chaleur en electricite dans les piles}
author = {Devin, B, Bliaux, J, and Lesueur, R}
abstractNote = {The direct conversion of heat into electricity by thermionic emission in an atomic reactor has been studied with the triple aim of its utilisation: as an energy source for a space device, at the head of a conventional conversion system in power installations, or finally in association with the thermoelectric conversion in very low power installations. The laboratory experiments were mainly orientated towards the electron extraction of metals and compounds and their behaviour at high temperatures. Converters furnishing up to 50 amps at 0. 4 volts with an efficiency close to 10 p. 100 have been constructed in the laboratory; the emitters were heated by electron bombardment and were composed of tungsten covered with an uranium carbide deposit or molybdenum covered with cesium. The main aspects of the coupling between the converter and the reactor have been covered from the point of view of electronics: the influence of the mismatching of the load on the temperature of the emitter and the influence of thermal flux density on the temperature of the emitter and the stability of the converter. Converters using uranium carbide as the electron emitter have been tested in reactors. Tests have been made under dynamic conditions in order to determine the dynamic characteristics. The load matching curves have been constructed and the overall performances of several cells coupled in such a way as to form a reactor rod have been deduced. This information is fundamental to the design of a control system for a thermionic conversion reactor. The problems associated with the reliability of thermionic converters connected in series in the same reactor rod have been examined theoretically. Finally, the absorption isotherms have been drawn at the ambient temperatures for krypton and xenon on activated carbon with the aim of investigating the escape of fission products in a converter. (author) [French] La conversion directe de chaleur en electricite par emission thermionique dans une pile atomique a ete etudiee dans la triple perspective de son utilisation soit comme source d'energie de servitude dans un engin spatial, soit en tete d'un systeme conventionnel de conversion dans les installations de puissance, soit enfin associee a la conversion thermoelectrique dans des installations de tres faible puissance. Les etudes en laboratoire ont porte principalement sur les travaux d'extraction electronique des metaux et composes et leur evolution a haute temperature. Des convertisseurs fournissant jusqu'a 50 amperes sous 0,4 volt avec un rendement voisin de 10 p. 100 ont ete realises en laboratoire; les emetteurs chauffes par bombardement electronique etaient constitues de tungstene recouvert d'un depot de carbure d'uranium ou de molybdene recouvert de cesium. Les principaux aspects du couplage entre le convertisseur et la pile atomique ont ete examines du point de vue electronique: influence de la desadaptation de la charge sur la temperature de l'emetteur et influence du flux thermique unitaire sur la temperature de l'emetteur et la stabilite du convertisseur. Des convertisseurs utilisant le carbure d'uranium comme emetteur electronique ont ete experimentes en pile. Des essais ont ete effectues en regime transitoire en vue de determiner les parametres dynamiques. Les reseaux d'adaptation a la charge ont pu etre construits et on en a deduit les performances globales de plusieurs cellules couplees de maniere a former un barreau de reacteur. Ces donnees sont indispensables pour la conception d'un systeme de controle d'une pile a conversion thermoionique, On a examine theoriquement les problemes de fiabilite des convertisseurs thermoioniques associes en serie dans un meme barreau de combustible. Enfin, on a trace les isothermes d'absorption a la temperature ambiante du krypton et du xenon sur un charbon active en vue d'etudier le degagement des produits de fission dans un convertisseur. (auteurs)}
place = {France}
year = {1964}
month = {Jul}
}