Design and material variation for an improved power output of AMTEC cells

M. A.K. Lodhi, A. Daloglu

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Abstract

A number of design changes for improving the alkali metal thermo-electric converter (AMTEC) cell performance are investigated. In this study, both the material used in AMTEC cell and the dimensions of the cell are changed at the same time. Two different hot side temperatures, Thot = 1173 K and Thot = 1023 K, are tested. The condenser temperature, Tcond, is kept at 623 K. Results show that the maximum cell conversion efficiency and the maximum electrical power output take place for different cases. Comparing the PX-3A in operation at Thot = 1173 K with the one proposed here, the maximum electrical power output and the maximum cell conversion efficiency increased by 43 and 44%, respectively. The corresponding values for Thot = 1023 K are 46 and 48%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-40
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Power Sources
Volume93
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2001

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