Accession Number : AD0865063


Title :   High Intensity Tactical Power Sources for the 1990 Army.


Descriptive Note : Final rept.,


Corporate Author : ARMY ADVANCED MATERIEL CONCEPTS AGENCY ALEXANDRIA VA


Report Date : Jan 1970


Pagination or Media Count : 52


Abstract : The report presents the results of a study concerning possible high intensity (hundreds of kilowatts to multi-megawatts) tactical electric power sources for utilization by the US Army during the 1990 time frame. The study considers plausible methods of electrical power generation presently under conceptual or physical study which may become feasible as high intensity power sources. These considerations include present state of the art of candidate systems, possible future improvements, apparent technological gaps and barriers to development, estimates of anticipated specific weights, costs and power levels, and trade-off advantages and disadvantages. Conclusions are presented in the form of comparative tables of specific weights, fuel requirements, energy and power output capabilities, and fixed costs. From these tables, it may be seen that a variety of electrical power sources would be required to satisfy diverse requirements, but an attempt is made to categorize possible high intensity power sources into their areas of optimum utilization. Finally, subject to the assumption that a variety of high intensity power sources will be required for the 1990 Army, recommendations are made for increased future Army research effort in the areas of magnetohydrodynamics, nuclear fission and fusion reactors, superconductivity, and direct mass conversion. (Author)


Descriptors :   *ELECTRIC POWER PRODUCTION , MILITARY REQUIREMENTS , MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMIC GENERATORS , GENERATORS , ELECTROSTATIC GENERATORS , NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS , ENERGY CONVERSION , CAPACITORS , SOLAR CELLS , THERMOELECTRICITY , THERMIONIC CONVERTERS , FUEL CELLS , BATTERY COMPONENTS , ELECTRIC BATTERIES


Subject Categories : Non-electrical Energy Conversion
      Electric Power Production and Distribution
      Electrochemical Energy Storage


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE