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Title: (abstract) Alkali Metal Diffusion Through Porous Metal Electrodes in AMTEC Cells
Authors: Williams, R.M.
Jeffries-Nakamura, B.
Ryan, M.A.
Underwood, M.L.
O'Connor, D.
Kisor, A.
Kikkert, S.
Issue Date: 15-May-1993
Citation: Honolulu, HA
Abstract: The mechanisms of mass transport of an alkali metal through porous metal electrodes in alkali metal thermal-to-electric converter AMTEC cells is important in optimizing these high current density devices, but also affords the opportunity to investigate a variety of simple mass transport modes at high temperatures via electrochemical techniques. We have previously reported evidence of ionic, free molecular flow, and surface transport of sodium in several types of AMTEC electrodes. Quantitative investigations of Na transport through WPt<SUB>3.5</SUB> via surface or grain boundary diffusion, and K transport through porous Mo electrodes by free molecular flow, over large ranges of temperature have been performed. WPt<SUB>3.5</SUB> has especially low transport impedance over the 950 to 1200K temperature range. New results are the Na through porous WPt<SUB>3.5</SUB> and K through porous Mo diffusion rates and mechanisms.
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