ERIC Number: ED054968
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
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Power from Radioisotopes, Understanding the Atom Series.
Corliss, William R.; Mead, Robert L.
This 1971 revision deals with radioisotopes and their use in power generators. Early developments and applications for the Systems for Nuclear Auxiliary Power (SNAP) and Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs) are reviewed. Present uses in space and on earth are included. Uses in space are as power sources in various satellites and space probes. Some projections as to future space objectives are made. The safety factors involved with nuclear materials in space flight are considered, particularly with regard to flight failures. The uses of radioisotope generators on earth are largely in the area of remote weather or communication stations, as in the polar regions, at sea, or under the sea. The choice of radioisotope fuels and the construction of a typical generator are illustrated along with some theoretical considerations of heat transfer and energy converters. Lists of relevant reading topics and of motion pictures are included. (TS)
Descriptors: College Science, Energy, Instructional Materials, Nuclear Physics, Physics, Radioisotopes, Resource Materials, Secondary School Science
USAEC, P. O. Box 62, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830 (Free)
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Authoring Institution: Atomic Energy Commission, Oak Ridge, TN. Div. of Technical Information.