NUCLEAR FUEL (OXIDE) CLAD THERMIONIC CONVERTERS. Quarterly Technical Progress Report, May 1 through July 31, 1963

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Fabrication of the components for the FDM-1 converter and its back-up device was completed. The FDM-1 converter was assembled, and preparations for testing were completed. Performance testing was initiated, and a total of 330 hours of operation above 1000 deg K in a cesium environment were logged. The peak emitter temperature reached was 2000 deg K with a thermionic output of nearly 2 watts/cm/sup 2/. Indications of a cesium leak were observed, and the device was shut down for examination. A 500-hour thermal endurance test of the clad fuel pellets was performed. A post-test examination was conducted, and no diffusion ... continued below

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Fabrication of the components for the FDM-1 converter and its back-up device was completed. The FDM-1 converter was assembled, and preparations for testing were completed. Performance testing was initiated, and a total of 330 hours of operation above 1000 deg K in a cesium environment were logged. The peak emitter temperature reached was 2000 deg K with a thermionic output of nearly 2 watts/cm/sup 2/. Indications of a cesium leak were observed, and the device was shut down for examination. A 500-hour thermal endurance test of the clad fuel pellets was performed. A post-test examination was conducted, and no diffusion of UO/sub 2/ into the cladding was observed. A thermal conductivity test specimen was exposed to a temperature of 1550 deg C for 500 hours with the result that some intergranular diffusion was noted. The post-test examination of the vacuum emission test pellet was also completed. The design of the advanced double-diode thermionic converter utilizing the results of prior efforts was initiated. (auth)

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  • Report No.: MND-2945-3
  • Report No.: AD-415102
  • Grant Number: AF33(657)-10077
  • DOI: 10.2172/4640310 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 4640310
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1032621

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NUCLEAR FUEL (OXIDE) CLAD THERMIONIC CONVERTERS. Quarterly Technical Progress Report, May 1 through July 31, 1963, report, August 15, 1963; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1032621/: accessed November 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.