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Energy Conversion Systems Reference Handbook, Volume I - General System Considerations

Report Number: WADD TR 60-699 Volume I
Author: Menetrey, W. R.
Author: Fisher, J. H.
Corporate Author: Electro-Optical Systems, Inc.
Laboratory: Flight Accessories Laboratory
Date of Publication: 1960-09
Pages: 140
Contract: AF 33(616)-6791
Project: 4769
Task: 61048
AD Number: AD0257357

Volume I serves as an introduction to subsequent volumes dealing with specific areas of power system technology. General topics useful in evaluating and rating power systems are discussed including the space environment and its effects; reliability considerations in systems design; figures of merit and their use in system evaluation; power needs of the future and the importance of developing power systems; and an estimate of expected system weights. Environmental effects include meteoroid bombardment, interplanetary and Van Allen Corpuscular radiation, electromagnetic solar radiation, and vacuum. It is shown that the effort needed to guarantee high power system reliability may be too costly. The relative position of nuclear, chemical, and solar power systems in a power level-mission duration continuum is presented.

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