|Topic:||Thermionics Quo Vadis? An Assessment of the DTRA's Advanced Thermionics Research and Development Program|
THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board
November 8 - 9, 2001
273 Russell Senate Office Bldg.
2302 Rayburn House Office Bldg.
Thermionics Quo Vadis? An Assessment of the DTRA's Advanced Thermionics Research and Development Program
Tom Mahefkey, Consultant, Atlanta, Georgia and Chair, Committee on Thermionic Research and Technology, Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council
Thermionics -- the generation of energy from a heat source without the use of mechanical parts -- has been pursued since the 1960s as a promising source of power for spacecraft. Yet, despite the amount of research dedicated to its development, no thermionic system is in use today. This new report from the National Academies addresses the major technical challenges to the development of viable advanced thermionics systems and recommends R&D objectives to advance technology in this area in the United States.
This series of briefings was open to members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on November 12, 2001.