Title

Progress in Modeling of Pre-Ionization and Geometric Effects on a Field-Reversed Configuration Plasma Thruster

Abstract

In recent years, compact toroid (CT) plasma (e.g., field-reversed configurations, plasmoids, or spheromaks) has been considered for propulsion applications. A limited number of studies have been conducted thus far with each investigating different aspects of CT plasma. The current investigation into CT plasma documented here focuses on developing a thruster concept to assess the efficiencies of CT plasma formation and acceleration. The assessment consists of developing MHD simulations that model a typical CT test article. The pre-ionization geometry and device geometry parameters are varied in these simulations to determine the efficiencies.

Meeting Name

40th AIAA Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference

Department(s)

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2009 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), All rights reserved.


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