Accession Number:

AD0263444

Title:

Investigation of a Maximum Mach Number Plasma Acceleration Channel.

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TRW INC CLEVELAND OHIO

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Report Date:

1961-05-26

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

An experimental and theoretical investigation of a magnetohydrodynamic plasma acceleration device has been performed. The specific device of interest utilized the field configuration resulting from the theoretical analysis of the Maximum Mach Number concept as applied to a linear acceleration channel having a constant cross-sectional area. Methods of producing a plasma suitable for acceleration have been investigated and a theoretical and experimental analysis of plasma conductivity in the presence of a magnetic field has been performed. The MHD acceleration of a low-temperature, low-pressure plasma has been observed and a limited correlation with theory has been obtained. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE