Accession Number:

ADA244508

Title:

Establishment of MPD Performance

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Sep 1982-Aug 1991

Corporate Author:

PHILLIPS LAB EDWARDS AFB CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

135.0

Abstract:

The Phillips Laboratorys Electric Propulsion Laboratory has conducted a preliminary experiment in the measurement of magnetoplasmadynamic performance for a matrix of various electrode lengths. This data was taken in a single shot pulsed mode which was quasi-steady state with regard to electrical properties. As part of the project, a total impulse stand was built which allowed the calculation of thrust, specific impulse, and thruster efficiency. Limitations in experimental equipment prevented the gathering of accurate data. The data has given general trends in MPD performance and has given a better understanding of MPD test facility requirements. The project will be absorbed into a larger, general plasma thruster development project. The knowledge gained from this project will be used to upgrade the pulsed MPD facility to gather accurate MPD thruster performance data.

Subject Categories:

  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics
  • Electric and Ion Propulsion

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE