Heat pipe heat transport system for the Stirling Space Power Converter (SSPC).
- Alger, Donald L.
- Aug 1, 1992.
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- Life issues relating to a sodium heat pipe heat transport system are described. The heat pipe system provides heat, at a temperature of 1050 K, to a 50 kWe Stirling engine/linear alternator power converter called the Stirling Space Power Converter (SSPC). The converter is being developed under a National Aeronautics and Space Administration program. Since corrosion of heat pipe materials in contact with sodium can impact the life of the heat pipe, a literature review of sodium corrosion processes was performed. It was found that the impurity reactions, primarily oxygen, and dissolution of alloy elements were the two corrosion process likely to be operative in the heat pipe. Approaches that are being taken to minimize these corrosion processes are discussed.
- Document ID: 19930013473.
Accession ID: 93N22662.
Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference; 3-7 Aug. 1992; San Diego, CA; United States.
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