Progress in Modeling of Pre-Ionization and Geometric Effects on a Field-Reversed Configuration Plasma Thruster
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.
S. W. Miller and J. L. Rovey, "Progress in Modeling of Pre-Ionization and Geometric Effects on a Field-Reversed Configuration Plasma Thruster," Fluid Dynamics and Co-located Conferences, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Jan 2009.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/6.2009-3733
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