Title

Electromagnetism surrounding Plasmoid Formation in an FRC Test Article

Presenter Information

Samuel Pomeroy

Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Research Advisor

Rovey, Joshua L.

Advisor's Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Funding Source

Missouri Space Grant

Abstract

Modern spaceflight technology is inhibited by current propulsion limitations, specifically low impulse, low exit velocity propulsion systems. Field reversed configuration plasmoid formation devices offer a high impulse, high exit velocity electric propulsion solution to future spaceflight requirements. The purpose of this study is to investigate plasmoid formation within a test article of such configuration, determine plasma characteristics via the quantification of magnetic flux vs time within the test article, and nullify electromagnetic pulse issues associated with the discharge of the test article.

Biography

Samuel is majoring in Aerospace Engineering with a M.N. in Mathematics, He is currently conducting undergraduate research at the Missouri S&T Aerospace Plasma Laboratory. He is a member of Sigma Gamma Tau and Tau Beta Pi and is the President of the Missouri S&T Mathematical Association.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Award

Engineering oral presentation, First place

Location

Carver Room

Presentation Date

10 Apr 2012, 10:30 am - 11:00 am

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Electromagnetism surrounding Plasmoid Formation in an FRC Test Article

Carver Room

Modern spaceflight technology is inhibited by current propulsion limitations, specifically low impulse, low exit velocity propulsion systems. Field reversed configuration plasmoid formation devices offer a high impulse, high exit velocity electric propulsion solution to future spaceflight requirements. The purpose of this study is to investigate plasmoid formation within a test article of such configuration, determine plasma characteristics via the quantification of magnetic flux vs time within the test article, and nullify electromagnetic pulse issues associated with the discharge of the test article.