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Title: Lifetimes of Electrodes for AMTEC Cells
Authors: Ryan, M.A.
Kisor, A.
Williams, R F.
Jeffries-Nakamura, B.
O'Connor, D.
Issue Date: 8-Aug-1994
Citation: Monterey, CA
Abstract: The lifetime of an AMTEC electrode depends on the rate of grain growth, which in turn depends on the surface self-diffusion coefficient of the electrode material under AMTEC operating conditions. Grain growth rates for molybdenum and platinum-tungsten alloy electrodes have been determined, and have been used to predict operating lifetimes of AMTEC electrodes. For lifetimes of 10 years of more, Mo may be used in AMTEC cells only at operating temperatures under 1100 K. Pt<SUB>2.5</sub>W electrodes may be used at much higher temperatures, up to 1300 K.
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