Some critical materials problems of thermionic cathode systems for fission-heat conversion

@inproceedings{Yang1963SomeCM,
  title={Some critical materials problems of thermionic cathode systems for fission-heat conversion},
  author={Li-lan Yang and Robert G. Hudson and F. D. Carpenter and A. F. Weinberg},
  year={1963}
}
Abstract Two types of thermionic emitters have been suggested for the direct conversion of fission heat to electrical energy: (1) uranium-bearing carbides which also function as the nuclear fuels, and (2) refractory metals fueled with uranium containing oxides or carbides. Irrespective of what happens in a reactor, there are certain conditions which have to be met before these emitter systesm can be of any practical value. For the carbide emitters, the rate of material loss by vaporization… CONTINUE READING