Design, construction, and initial performance results of a multi-megawatt mpd thruster for magnetic nozzle testing

D. W. Marriott, G. Gregorek, J. H. Gilland, P. J. Turchi, Pavlos Mikellides

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Abstract

The expulsion of fusion-grade plasma through a magnetic nozzle, and the effectiveness of this process for fusion propulsion, is an outstanding issue in many fusion propulsion concepts. An MPD plasma accelerator and pulsed power system have been developed to ultimately inject high energy (1 GWe) plasma into a convergingdiverging magnetic field, thereby simulating high temperature (100 eV) fusion plasma being expelled from a magnetic nozzle. The power and MPD source design are described, and initial results operating the source at low (MW) powers and mass flow rates are reported and compared to more traditional MPD thruster experimen

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication38th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
Event38th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit 2002 - Indianapolis, IN, United States
Duration: Jul 7 2002Jul 10 2002

Publication series

Name38th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit

Other

Other38th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit 2002
CountryUnited States
CityIndianapolis, IN
Period7/7/027/10/02

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Marriott, D. W., Gregorek, G., Gilland, J. H., Turchi, P. J., & Mikellides, P. (2002). Design, construction, and initial performance results of a multi-megawatt mpd thruster for magnetic nozzle testing. In 38th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit (38th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit).