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

L. Bitteker, J. Scheuer, S. Howe
1996 unpublished
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
more » ... 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 101G/cm%ec. The range of parameters considered surpassed previous experiments in a11 aspects.
doi:10.2172/399673 fatcat:q7rktgfcsrekzaujdpqktiug6i