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The Office of Coal-Fired Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) Systems of the Department of Energy is responsible for overseeing the development of an early commercial combined MHD and steam power plant by the mid-1990s. Management of the project will involve coordinating the development and integration of the various components of the open-cycle MHD system within given time and budget constraints. The accomplishment of these goals may be facilitated by the creation of a management tool that will enable the program manager to formulate decisions based on various criteria and to take into consideration uncertainties as the program evolves. The Note proposes such a management tool — the MHD technology roadmap.

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