Progress on the Godzilla gigawatt MPD plasma accelerator and nozzle for fusion propulsion simulations

James H. Gilland, I. G. Mikellides, Pavlos Mikellides, Darin Marriot

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Abstract

Extensive human exploration and development of space requires propulsion systems that can provide both high thrust-to-weight ratio and high specific impulse. Fusion propulsion is one of the enabling technologies considered for application in such missions. A critical and common element to many fusion propulsion concepts is the expansion of the fusion-grade plasma through a magnetic nozzle. Efforts to evaluate this essential component of a fusion propulsion system began a few years ago at The Ohio State University as part of a project sponsored by the NASA Glenn Research Center. The university houses Godzilla, a gigawatt-level, 1.8- megajoule pulseline that can power an acceleration system consisting (primarily) of a magnetoplasmadynamic (MPD) source and two magnet coils. The MPD source is designed to deliver hypersonic plasma flow to a magnetic-diffuser section for compression to a nearly stagnant state after passage through the converging-diverging guide field. The stagnated plasma will then be accelerated to supersonic speeds through a second magnet coil. The full effort encompasses both computational and experimental approaches to this device.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication39th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003
Event39th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit 2003 - Huntsville, AL, United States
Duration: Jul 20 2003Jul 23 2003

Publication series

Name39th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit

Other

Other39th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit 2003
CountryUnited States
CityHuntsville, AL
Period7/20/037/23/03

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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Gilland, J. H., Mikellides, I. G., Mikellides, P., & Marriot, D. (2003). Progress on the Godzilla gigawatt MPD plasma accelerator and nozzle for fusion propulsion simulations. In 39th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit (39th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit).