This report evaluates the Defense Threat Reduction Agency prior and present sponsored efforts; assess the present state of the art in thermionic energy conversion systems; assess the technical challenges to the development of viable thermionic energy conversion systems for both space and terrestrial applications; and recommend a prioritized set of objectives for a future research and development program for advanced thermionic systems for space and terrestrial applications.
Table of Contents
|2 Conclusions Regarding the Current DTRA Program||10-14|
|3 Overview of the Technology||15-32|
|4 Solar Thermionics||33-42|
|5 Nuclear Thermionics||43-49|
|6 Terrestrial Applications||50-51|
|7 Assessment of Progress||52-60|
|Appendix A Statement of Task||61-63|
|Appendix B Biographical Sketches of Committee Members||64-66|
|Appendix C Electric Propulsion Considerations||67-70|
|Appendix D Acronyms||71-72|
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