While the Carnot efficiency certainly goes up with temperature, the
lifetime of the materials go down rapidly above about 500C. Most
commercial high reliability systems operate at about 300C. The Sterling
engine will have its share of material problems at 600C hot end, but is
going to be a non-starter with the hot end at 3000C. Of course, he could
always insulate and take the heat out at 600C while taking the hit in
At 3000C, you will have substantial optical radiation - what happened to
Mills' plan to use PV conversion? I always thought that the high energy PV
conversion he planned was much farther out than what he stated.
On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 12:51 PM, Axil Axil <janap...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Mills could also use the Kilopower solution. At 3000C, the effect must be
> way over 38%.
> On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 2:36 PM, <mix...@bigpond.com> wrote:
>> In reply to JonesBeene's message of Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:15:22 -0800:
>> >Sooner or later, it is likely that Mills will have a defector – unless
>> of course he really has a breakthrough, but all indications are that this
>> is the latest in a long string of over-hyped failures.
>> I don't think it's actually a failure, but rather shifted to the back
>> burner, in
>> favor of a design he thinks may be more likely to work. I suspect he went
>> looking for another conversion technology after I pointed out to him that
>> vapor wouldn't condense to a liquid in a cavity with a uniform
>> temperature of
>> over 3000 degrees.
>> Robin van Spaandonk