Modeling of ablation-fed pulsed plasma thruster operation using a new approach to the ablation process

Erik M. Henrikson, Pavlos Mikellides

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Abstract

The magnetohydrodynamics tool MACH2 has been utilized to model an ablation-fed pulsed plasma thruster (APPT) operating at 40, 60, and 80 Joules, corresponding to an experimentally characterized APPT. The ablation process was handled by introducing the propellant mass according to an idealized, quasi-steady, analytic model for Teflon™. This analytic model will be briefly outlined and results of the numerical simulations are presented and discussed. Certain deficiencies in the presented model are identified and addressed with considerations for future improvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication44th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Event44th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit - Hartford, CT, United States
Duration: Jul 21 2008Jul 23 2008

Publication series

Name44th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit

Other

Other44th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit
CountryUnited States
CityHartford, CT
Period7/21/087/23/08

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Energy(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Henrikson, E. M., & Mikellides, P. (2008). Modeling of ablation-fed pulsed plasma thruster operation using a new approach to the ablation process. In 44th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit (44th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit).