Title page for ETD etd-11092012-040203

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Pennington, J. Byron
URN etd-11092012-040203
Title Theoretical considerations of the magnetohydrodynamic generator
Degree Master of Science
Department Physics
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Gilmer, Thomas E. Jr. Committee Member
Meador, Willard E. Jr. Committee Member
Wood, George P. Committee Member
  • Magnetohydrodynamic generators
Date of Defense 1961-05-05
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The distinction between the magnetohdrodynamdc generator and the conventional wire~wound generator is that the role of the armature in the letter is played by an e1ectrical1y conducting fluid in the former. This fluid is passed through a transverse electric and magnetic field and between two parallel plate electrodes. The induced electric field in the fluid, which is proportional to the fluid velocity and magnetic flux density, maintains a voltage drop across the electrodes and a current is generated when the electrodes are connected to an external load, closing the circuit. Thus energy is extracted from the fluid and delivered to an external load as electrical power.

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