Determination of the nuclear induced electrical conductivity of {sup 3}He for magnetohydrodynamic energy conversion

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This is the final report for a one-year, Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The continual need for more efficient, high-output energy conversion techniques has renewed interest in nuclear-driven magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) energy conversion. To provide the fundamental knowledge required to evaluate the potential value of this concept, a one-year project aimed at measuring the nuclear-induced electrical conductivity of a {sup 3}He/{sup 4}He gas mixture under thermodynamic conditions consistent with the MHD flow conditions was carried out. The range of bulk gas conditions to be considered were: pressure = 0.1 to 3800 Torr and ... continued below

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Bitteker, L.; Scheuer, J. & Howe, S. November 1996.

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This is the final report for a one-year, Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The continual need for more efficient, high-output energy conversion techniques has renewed interest in nuclear-driven magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) energy conversion. To provide the fundamental knowledge required to evaluate the potential value of this concept, a one-year project aimed at measuring the nuclear-induced electrical conductivity of a {sup 3}He/{sup 4}He gas mixture under thermodynamic conditions consistent with the MHD flow conditions was carried out. The range of bulk gas conditions to be considered were: pressure = 0.1 to 3800 Torr and temperature = 300 to 1500 K. The maximum neutron flux to be considered was 10{sup 16}/cm{sup 2}sec. The range of parameters considered surpassed previous experiments in all aspects.

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INIS; OSTI as DE97000718

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  • Other: DE97000718
  • Report No.: LA-UR--96-3455
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • DOI: 10.2172/399673 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 399673
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc688424

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Bitteker, L.; Scheuer, J. & Howe, S. Determination of the nuclear induced electrical conductivity of {sup 3}He for magnetohydrodynamic energy conversion, report, November 1996; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc688424/: accessed October 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.