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Development of an engineering optimization tool for miniature Pulsed Plasma Thrusters

Development of an engineering optimization tool for miniature Pulsed Plasma Thrusters
Development of an engineering optimization tool for miniature Pulsed Plasma Thrusters
Pulsed Plasma Thrusters (PPT) are an established technology for compact thrust propulsion systems. Although PPT optimization has been performed previously it requires complex numerical codes. A 0D pulsed inductive acceleration model has been developed which links together the dynamics of the current sheet with the plasma dimensions and ionization processes. The model novelty is in a self-consistent estimation of the plasma sheet properties (temperature, density, thickness) driven by the magnetic pinch pressure and propellant ablation together with its simplicity. Parametric studies have been performed in an attempt to arrive at optimized design solutions for small PPTs.
Golosnoy, I.O.
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Gabriel, S.B.
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Ciaralli, Simone
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Golosnoy, I.O.
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Gabriel, S.B.
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Ciaralli, Simone
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Coletti, M.
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Golosnoy, I.O., Gabriel, S.B., Ciaralli, Simone and Coletti, M. (2015) Development of an engineering optimization tool for miniature Pulsed Plasma Thrusters. 34th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Japan. 04 - 10 Jul 2015. 11 pp .

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Abstract

Pulsed Plasma Thrusters (PPT) are an established technology for compact thrust propulsion systems. Although PPT optimization has been performed previously it requires complex numerical codes. A 0D pulsed inductive acceleration model has been developed which links together the dynamics of the current sheet with the plasma dimensions and ionization processes. The model novelty is in a self-consistent estimation of the plasma sheet properties (temperature, density, thickness) driven by the magnetic pinch pressure and propellant ablation together with its simplicity. Parametric studies have been performed in an attempt to arrive at optimized design solutions for small PPTs.

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Accepted/In Press date: June 2015
Published date: July 2015
Venue - Dates: 34th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Japan, 2015-07-04 - 2015-07-10
Organisations: EEE

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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/380286
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Date deposited: 08 Sep 2015 12:49
Last modified: 23 Apr 2018 16:31

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