Numerical simulation of magnetic nozzle flow for nuclear-fusion space propulsion

P. J. Turchi, Pavlos Mikellides, R. A. Gerwin, P. Gessini

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Abstract

Direct use of nuclear fusion to heat a propellant flow for a high thrust-to-weight ratio, high specific impulse rocket requires a magnetic nozzle to channel and expand the flow. The efficiency of such nozzles depends critically on the thickness of the boundary layer between the field-free plasma flow and the plasma-free, soienoidal magnetic field. Experiments are needed to examine this plasma/field boundary. The present paper discusses recent progress in designing these experiments based on numerical simulations with a 2-1/2 dimensional MHD code.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication35th Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
Pages1-9
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780000000002
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes
Event35th Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, 1999 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Jun 20 1999Jun 24 1999

Other

Other35th Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, 1999
CountryUnited States
CityLos Angeles
Period6/20/996/24/99

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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    Turchi, P. J., Mikellides, P., Gerwin, R. A., & Gessini, P. (1999). Numerical simulation of magnetic nozzle flow for nuclear-fusion space propulsion. In 35th Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit (pp. 1-9). [A 99-2701] American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA.