Effects of Total Pressures on Performances of a Disk MHD Generator

Yoshinori Saito, Hiroyuki Yamasaki, Kazumi Tsunoda, Nobuhiro Harada, Kunio Yoshikawa, Shigeharu Kabashima, Susumu Shioda

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Effects of total pressures on performances of a disk MHD generator were studied. Current-voltage characteristics, power outputs, distributions of both static pressure and Hall potential and swirl were measured at two different total pressures. The experimental results show that at the low total pressure, the current-voltage characteristics become steep, and as a result, the maximum power output is obtained at higher load resistances. It was observed that the enthalpy extraction rate was kept almost constant although the power output decreased at the low total pressure. These phenomena can be explained by the change of the Hall parameters, flow velocities and swirls in the MHD channel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)995-1001
Number of pages7
JournalTransactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers Series B
Issue number535
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • Closed Cycle MHD
  • Disk Channel
  • Enthalpy Extraction Rate
  • Hall Parameter
  • Lorentz Force
  • MHD Power Generation
  • Supersonic Flow
  • Swirl
  • Total Pressure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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