In reply to Bob Higgins's message of Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:07:46 -0700: Hi, [snip] >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 >efficiency. > >At 3000C, you will have substantial optical radiation - what happened to >Mills' plan to use PV conversion?
I already answered this here below. >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: >>> Hi, >>> [snip] >>> >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. >>> > >>> [snip] >>> 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 >>> silver >>> vapor wouldn't condense to a liquid in a cavity with a uniform >>> temperature of >>> over 3000 degrees. >>> >>> Regards, >>> >>> Robin van Spaandonk >>> >>> http://rvanspaa.freehostia.com/project.html >>> >>> >> Regards, Robin van Spaandonk http://rvanspaa.freehostia.com/project.html