Description: The third and fourth tests of the U-25B facility have demonstrated that the MHD flow train has operated for over 50 h with little difficulty. Review of the data reveals no significant problems associated with vibration, stress, or fluctuation of the electrical and gasdynamic parameters of the system components. In Test 3, the MHD generator produced a maximum power of 575 kW, a maximum Hall voltage of 4240 V, and a maximum Hall field of 2100 V/m. Inverter loading characteristics indicated that the upstream portion of the channel operated at low conductivity compared to the two downstream sections. During Test 4, at a lower mass flow rate but with cesium seed and oxygen enrichment to 60%, a power level of about 400 kW was generated. Because of inadvertent water and air leakage into the combustion chamber, however, combustion temperatures were lower in Test 4 that anticipated. These factors had a detrimental effect on the generator performance. Analysis of the data obtained from Tests 3 and Test 4 illustrates that in order to increase the power of the U-25B channel, a number of steps should be taken to increase the effective plasma conductivity and channel mass flow. For example, increasing the mass flow rate to 5 kg/s and achieving a K/sub sigma/ of 0.7 to 0.8, a channel inlet temperature about 2950 K may produce an electrical power output up to 1.3 MW. Steps are being taken to increase the preheat temperature in the facility, as well as to eliminate all water and air leakage into the combustor and decrease other thermal losses in the combustor nozzle and generator.
Date: January 1, 1979
Creator: Iserov, A.D.; Maksimenko, V.I. & Maslennikov, G.I.
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