Application of the MACH2 code to magnetoplasmadynamic arcjets

P. G. Mikellides, P. J. Turchi, N. F. Roderick

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A time dependent, 2-dimensional axisymmetric MHD simulation code, MACE2, is adopted to model both self-field and applied-field magneto-plasmadynamic thrusters. One of the NASA Lewis MFD thruster configurations is considered with operation at 1000 amp discharge current and 0.1 g/s mass flow rate. The applied field simulations include in-plane magnetic field contributions from induced azimuthal currents generated by the plasma. Simulations of both self-field and several low applied-field cases (varying the external magnet coil current) have successfully reached steady state and depict distributions of magnetic field, velocity and temperature.Overel1 arcjet performance in terms of specific impulse is estimated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes
EventAIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE 28th Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, 1992 - Nashville, United States
Duration: Jul 6 1992Jul 8 1992


OtherAIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE 28th Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, 1992
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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