Non-Equilibrium and Radiation in MPD Plasmas
Final rept. 1 May 90-31 Jan 91,
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE DEPT OF AERONAUTICS AND ASTRONAUTICS
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This Report summarizes work on ionization non-equilibrium, and new results pertaining to inlet ionization in MPD thrusters are presented. Brief summaries are also given of our work on transport effects, Hall effects magnetic layers and electrothermal arcjets. The object of our research has been the basic physics of plasma thrusters, particularly MPD thrusters. More specifically, the present Grant, addressed the complex of issues which encompass excitation - ionization kinetics of MPD plasmas, and their effects on thruster flows.
- Electric and Ion Propulsion