Accession Number : AD0263444

Title :   Investigation of a Maximum Mach Number Plasma Acceleration Channel.

Corporate Author : TRW INC CLEVELAND OHIO

Report Date : 26 MAY 1961

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : An experimental and theoretical investigation of a magnetohydrodynamic plasma acceleration device has been performed. The specific device of interest utilized the field configuration resulting from the theoretical analysis of the Maximum Mach Number concept as applied to a linear acceleration channel having a constant cross-sectional area. Methods of producing a plasma suitable for acceleration have been investigated and a theoretical and experimental analysis of plasma conductivity in the presence of a magnetic field has been performed. The MHD acceleration of a low-temperature, low-pressure plasma has been observed and a limited correlation with theory has been obtained. (Author)

Descriptors :   *ACCELERATION, *DUCTS, *MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS, *PLASMAS(PHYSICS), DIRECT CURRENT, ELECTRIC ARCS, ELECTRIC DISCHARGES, ELECTRIC FIELDS, GLOW DISCHARGES, LINEAR SYSTEMS, MACH NUMBER, MAGNETIC FIELDS, PLASMA JETS, PRODUCTION

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE