Design and Testing of a Hydrogen Peroxide Microelectromechanical Systems Thruster
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Microelectromechanical Systems MEMS fabrication techniques were used to build miniature thrusters from a silicon wafer, drastically reducing the size and volume from conventional techniques. These thrusters incorporate a catalyst within the wafer and are therefore reusable. This project was the first known effort to develop catalytic MEMS thrusters. 85-90 hydrogen peroxide was studied and used as a monopropellant in the thruster design due to its safety advantages over other propellants and the renewed interest in the scientific community. This research effort formulated concepts, performed analysis, and developed fabrication techniques to construct and test a prototype thruster in order to develop the proof-of-concept fundamentals needed for a MEMS monopropellant thruster.
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