Accession Number : ADA322022

Title :   The Stability of Arc Attachment in Arcjet Propulsion Devices.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : STANFORD UNIV CA DEPT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Cappelli, Mark A. ; Yuan, Benjamin

PDF Url : ADA322022

Report Date : JAN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 93

Abstract : The design of high current plasma devices such as arcjet thrusters, arc heaters, magnetohydrodynamic generators, and plasma opening switches has in the past been based mostly on empirical methods. In the case of arcjet thrusters, these methodologies have produced a steady, reliable device when operated at low power levels. However, it is desirable to increase the performance and operating range of the arcjet so that they may run more efficiently and reliably and be applicable to a wider set of missions.

Descriptors :   *ARC JET ENGINES, *ELECTRIC PROPULSION, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, PLASMAS(PHYSICS), ELECTRON DENSITY, CURRENT DENSITY, CONTINUUM MECHANICS, CATHODES, RELIABILITY, IONIZATION, THRUSTERS, ION SELECTIVE ELECTRODES, ION DENSITY, ANODES, ELECTROJETS, PLASMA ENGINES.

Subject Categories : Electric and Ion Propulsion

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE