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

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Magnetic nozzles
Propulsion
Fusion reactions
Plasmas
Plasma flow
Computer simulation
Propellants
Rockets
Magnetohydrodynamics
Nozzles
Boundary layers
Experiments
Magnetic fields

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.

Numerical simulation of magnetic nozzle flow for nuclear-fusion space propulsion. / Turchi, P. J.; Mikellides, Pavlos; Gerwin, R. A.; Gessini, P.

35th Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA, 1999. p. 1-9 A 99-2701.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Turchi, PJ, Mikellides, P, Gerwin, RA & Gessini, P 1999, Numerical simulation of magnetic nozzle flow for nuclear-fusion space propulsion. in 35th Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit., A 99-2701, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA, pp. 1-9, 35th Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, 1999, Los Angeles, United States, 6/20/99.
Turchi PJ, Mikellides P, Gerwin RA, Gessini P. Numerical simulation of magnetic nozzle flow for nuclear-fusion space propulsion. In 35th Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA. 1999. p. 1-9. A 99-2701
Turchi, P. J. ; Mikellides, Pavlos ; Gerwin, R. A. ; Gessini, P. / Numerical simulation of magnetic nozzle flow for nuclear-fusion space propulsion. 35th Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA, 1999. pp. 1-9
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