Theoretical Analysis of the Efficiency of Thermionic Energy Converter's

  • Krzysztof Urbaniec


Theoretical methods of calculation of the efficiency of cesium diode thermionic generators, in a wide range of operating conditions are presented. The calculation of the efficiency is possible for both the unignited and ignited modes od converter operation.A mathematical description of the optimum operating conditions of the converter, which allows finding of the maximum attainable conversion efficiency, is also presented. For the case of series connected battery of converters, numerical values have been computed and the results are presented on graphs. It, has been found, that in both ionization modes, given emitter temperature and collector work function, an optimum temperature of cesium exist.
How to Cite
URBANIEC, Krzysztof. Theoretical Analysis of the Efficiency of Thermionic Energy Converter's. Journal of Power Technologies, [S.l.], v. 30, p. 3-46, mar. 2011. ISSN 2083-4195. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 02 aug. 2021.

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