Masters Theses

Abstract

"An equation is derived for the space-charge-limited current of an ion beam when there exist n different species of ions in the beam. The combined effects of non-uniform specific charge and space-charge-limited conditions upon thrust, propellant flow rate, and payload ratio are studied, and a graphical investigation and interpretation is made.

This thesis will show that: (1) The existence of multiply ionized species in an ion beam will increase the space-charge-limited current over that expected in a beam composed of purely singly ionized ions, (2) the thrust produced by the ion beam is independent of the non-uniform specific charge distribution, (3) the propellant flow rate, under space-charge-limited conditions, is dependent upon the geometry of the ion accelerator, and (4) the existence of multiply ionized species will decrease the space-charge-limited propellant flow rate"--Abstract, page ii.

Advisor(s)

Skitek, G. G. (Gabriel G.)

Committee Member(s)

Nolte, Roger E.
Gerson, Robert, 1923-2013
Hatfield, Charles, 1920-1993

Department(s)

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Electrical Engineering

Publisher

University of Missouri at Rolla

Publication Date

1966

Pagination

vii, 38 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (page 37).

Rights

© 1966 Geary L. Leger, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

File Type

text

Language

English

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Space vehicles -- Design and construction
Astronautics -- Systems engineering
Ion rockets

Thesis Number

T 1917

Print OCLC #

5977228

Electronic OCLC #

905364023

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