LIQUID METAL MHD ENERGY CONVERSION IN FUSION REACTORS.

L. Blumenau, H. Branover, A. El-Boher, E. Spero, S. Sukoriansky, G. Talmage, E. Greenspan

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Abstract

In light of advances in the conceptual design of liquid Metal Magneto Hydro Dynamic (LMMHD) Power Conversion Systems (PCS), a review describing matching possibilities between LMMHD PCS and fusion reactor blankets is presented. It is found that the LMMHD technology may enable the conversion of high-temperature blanket energy into electricity at efficiencies greater than 60%. Being free of moving parts, at least in the high-temperature range, this technology might be easier to implement than technologies based on turbomachinery. LMMHD PCS can be designed to be completely static and practically hermetically sealed providing simple systems, with expected high reliability, facilitating maintenance and tritium control. Moreover, in none of the LMMHD PCSs considered is there a need for lithium-to-water heat exchange, thus increasing safety and minimizing tritium handling difficulties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)914-921
Number of pages8
JournalFusion Technology
Volume10
Issue number3 pt 2A
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1986
Externally publishedYes
EventProc of the Seventh Top Meet on the Technol of Fusion Energy - Reno, NV, USA
Duration: 15 Jun 198619 Jun 1986

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