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THERMIONIC NETCON FOR OUT-OF-CORE SPACE POWER SYSTEM

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
11896
Program Year/Program:
1991 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
11896
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Advanced Energy Technology,
P.o. Box 327 La Jolla, CA 92038
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1991
Title: THERMIONIC NETCON FOR OUT-OF-CORE SPACE POWER SYSTEM
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $496,211.00
 

Abstract:

NETCON (NEW THERMIONIC CONVERTER) IS A NEW IDEA FOR AN ADVANCED POWER CONVERSION SYSTEM. THE EMITTERS ARE TYPICALLY 0.5 CM IN DIMENSION. THE EMITTER AND COLLECTOR ARE SEPARATED BY LESS THAN 0.5 MILS ( 12 MU M), WITH OPERATION IN THE QUASI-VACUUM (UNIGNITED) MODE. THE INTERELECTRODE GAP IS SET BY THE THERMAL EXPANSION OF A CERAMIC PEDESTAL SUPPORTING THE EMITTER. HEAT TRANSPORT TO THE EMITTER IS BY RADIATION. A GOOD LEAD EFFICIENCY, TYPICALLY 10% OR MORE, IS ACHIEVABLE AT A RELATIVELY LOW EMITTER TEMPERATURE OF 1300 KAND A COLLECTOR TEMPERATURE 850 K. THIS CONTRASTS WITH AN EMITTER TEMPERATURE OF 1700 K OR MORE FOR THE NORMAL IGNITED MODE CONVERTER. THE APPLICATION OF NETCON TO AN OUT-OF-CORE NUCLEAR REACTOR SYSTEM IS THE SUBJECT OF THIS PROPOSAL. SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND A PROOF-OF-PRINCIPLE NETCON CELL WILL BE CONSTRUCTED AND TESTED FOR RELIABILITY IN PHASE I. PHASE II WILL BEGIN THE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT OF NETCON FOR AN OUT-OF-CORE NUCLEAR REACTOR.

Principal Investigator:

Gary O. Fitzpatric
President
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Business Contact:

Gary o. fitzpatric
PRESIDENT
6194554310
Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Energy Technology, In
16966 Cloudcroft Drive Poway, CA 92064

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No