Final rept. Aug 86-Aug 91,
PHILLIPS LAB EDWARDS AFB CA
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The Phillips Laboratorys Electric Propulsion Laboratory has designed and begun installation of an arcjet research facility. A 5 foot by 10 foot long chamber with eight 12 inch quartz windows will allow non-intrusive diagnostic research on arcjets. A 6 foot by 8 foot endurance test chamber will allow continuous testing of 5 to 100 kilowatt arcjets for up to 1500 hours. Each of the chambers will be equipped with the essential instrumentation to measure thruster operating conditions. This includes thrust, chamber pressure, chamber and propellant temperature, mass flow, current, and voltage. Video cameras will be used for plume visualizations.
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics
- Electric and Ion Propulsion