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Spacecraft Power Technologies : Space Technology - R. L. Wiley

Spacecraft Power Technologies

Space Technology

Hardcover Published: 31st January 2000
ISBN: 9781860941177
Number Of Pages: 492

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Spacecraft Power Technologies is the first comprehensive text devoted to the technologies critical to the development of spacecraft electrical power systems. The science and engineering of solar, chemical, and nuclear systems are fully examined together with the constraints imposed by the space and thermal environments in which the systems must operate. Details of present technology and the history that led to the current state-of-the-art are presented at a level appropriate for the student as a textbook or the practicing engineer as a reference.

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"While there are numerous books and other literature on spacecraft electrical power systems, there are no comprehensive single references describing the enabling technologies used in spacecraft power systems. This book fills that need ... it provides the basics for understanding, which lends itself as a good textbook in a specialty power engineering course." IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine

Introductionp. 1
The beginningsp. 1
The electrical power systemp. 7
Environmental Factorsp. 23
Orbital considerationsp. 25
The near-Earth space environmentp. 33
Solar Energy Conversionp. 71
Solar cell fundamentalsp. 75
Solar cell calibration and performance measurementsp. 80
Silicon space solar cellsp. 88
III-V compound semiconductor solar cellsp. 95
Thin film solar cellsp. 117
Space solar cell arraysp. 119
Space thermophotovoltaic power systemsp. 140
Chemical Storage and Generation Systemsp. 157
Inventionsp. 158
Evolution of batteries in spacep. 159
Fundamentals of electrochemistryp. 163
Cell and battery mechanical designp. 166
Performance metricsp. 171
Electrochemical cell typesp. 185
Fuel cell systemsp. 223
Definitions and terminologyp. 235
Nuclear Systemsp. 241
History of the U.S. space nuclear programp. 242
History of the Russian space nuclear programp. 255
Radioisotope systemsp. 258
Reactorsp. 264
Safetyp. 273
Static Energy Conversionp. 287
Thermoelectricsp. 288
Thermionicsp. 294
AMTECp. 307
Thermophotovoltaicsp. 311
Dynamic Energy Conversionp. 323
Stirling cyclep. 324
Closed Brayton cyclep. 332
Rankine cyclep. 340
Power Management and Distributionp. 353
Functions of PMADp. 363
Components and packagingp. 397
System examplesp. 404
Thermal Managementp. 415
The thermal environmentp. 421
Heat transfer mechanismsp. 429
The basics of thermal analysisp. 435
Thermal management techniquesp. 437
Magnetic Materialsp. 453
Indexp. 467
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ISBN: 9781860941177
ISBN-10: 1860941176
Series: Space Technology : Book 1
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 492
Published: 31st January 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.95  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.8