Accession Number : ADA190310

Title :   Plasma-Gas Interaction Studies in a Hybrid Plume Plasma Rocket.

Descriptive Note : Annual rept. 1 Sep 86-30 Aug 87,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE PLASMA FUSION CENTER

Personal Author(s) : Chang-Diaz, F R ; Yang, T F

PDF Url : ADA190310

Report Date : 30 Sep 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 31

Abstract : This report discusses the progress in the fluid modeling of a hybrid plume plasma rocket and the heating of plasma in a tandem mirror device. In the theoretical area three tasks have been accomplished: 1) A major advance has been made in the development of a numerical method for solving the time dependent fluid equations for both ions and electrons in the plasma. 2) A mathematical model has been formulated for studying the radio frequency heating of the hot plasma in cylindrical geometry. 3) An analysis on the performance characteristics of the hybrid plume rocket has been carried out. Under the funding of the instrumentation program the component fabrication is on progress. The coils have been delivered. Keywords: Plasma propulsion.

Descriptors :   *HYBRID ROCKET ENGINES, *PLASMA ENGINES, COILS, CYLINDRICAL BODIES, FABRICATION, GEOMETRY, HEATING, HIGH TEMPERATURE, INSTRUMENTATION, IONS, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, MIRRORS, NUMERICAL METHODS AND PROCEDURES, PLASMAS(PHYSICS), PLUMES, PROPULSION SYSTEMS, TIME DEPENDENCE, MAGNETIC MIRRORS, RADIOFREQUENCY POWER, HYDRODYNAMIC CODES, ROCKET PROPULSION, HYDROGEN, DIGITAL SIMULATION

Subject Categories : Electric and Ion Propulsion

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE