Theoretical formulation for the performance of rectangular, breech-fed pulsed plasma thrusters

Pavlos G. Mikellides, Erik M. Henrikson, Surya S. Rajagopalan

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Abstract

An approach based on strong electromagnetic acceleration produced simple closed-form analytic expressions for the ablated mass and total impulse per pulse for rectangular, breech-fed pulsed plasma thrusters. The theoretical model is validated by comparisons to experiments of a wide range of geometries and operating conditions showing very good agreement. The produced expressions quantify contributions from electromagnetic and gas dynamic acceleration; confirm, explain, and generalize trends observed by experiments; and offer additional guidelines for thruster improvements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)811-818
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Propulsion and Power
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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