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dc.contributor.advisorMarquis, Fernand
dc.contributor.authorLangham, Ryan C.
dc.dateJun-13
dc.date.accessioned2013-08-01T16:51:44Z
dc.date.available2013-08-01T16:51:44Z
dc.date.issued2013-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/34695
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractThis study sought to identify the feasibility of utilizing a radioisotope thermal (thermoelectric/stirling) generator to provide power to a deployed USMC Expeditionary Force. The conceptual system architecture was constructed through use of the systems engineering process, identifying necessary subsystems and integration boundaries. Radioisotope comparison was then performed, utilizing weighted design factors. It was determined that Sr-90, Cs-137, and Cm-244 would be the most effective fuel sources for this mission area. By analyzing current thermoelectric technology, it was determined that maximum system efficiency is limited to 1015 percent when utilizing available lead telluride thermoelectrics. Barriers to development of identified physical subsystem components were then identified, including health and environmental hazards of potential isotopes, as well as shielding criteria. The system development was found to be feasible and additional design work and development work is proposed.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleFeasibility study and system architecture of radioisotope thermoelectric generation power systems for usmc forward operating basesen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderPaulo, Gene
dc.contributor.departmentSystems Engineering (SE)
dc.subject.authorEnergyen_US
dc.subject.authorUSMCen_US
dc.subject.authorE2Oen_US
dc.subject.authorradioisotopeen_US
dc.subject.authorgeneratoren_US
dc.subject.authoralternative energyen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant, United States Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Systems Engineeringen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSystems Engineeringen_US


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