Fundamental Studies on MPD Thrusters.
Final progress rept. Apr 85-Dec 86,
CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA DEPT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
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A theory has been developed which predicts onset and erosion in MPD thrusters. The theory predicts onset currents which are in quantitative agreement with experiment. Erosion rates are predicted for a steady-state hot cathode thruster. This theory is the first to model the viscous and thermal electrode boundary layers in MPD thrusters. Stability criteria for diffuse-mode electrode current conduction have been found. Keywords Two temperature flow Electrode plasma interactions, Magnetoplasmadynamic thrusters.
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