A Comprehensive Investigation of Facility Effects on the Testing of High-Power Monolithic and Clustered Hall Thruster Systems
Final technical rept. 15 Nov 2001-14 Nov 2005
MICHIGAN UNIV ANN ARBOR DEPT OF AEROSPACE ENGINEERING
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This research focuses on understanding the relationship between facility background pressure and Hall effect thrustercluster performance and plume characteristics. It is difficult for researchers to make adequate comparisons between data sets because of both differences in instrumentation and back pressures due to the wide range of facilities used in Hall thruster testing. Thus, tools are needed that allow researchers to obtain relevant plume and performance data for a variety of chambers and back pressures. This research is divided into three parts. The first is the development of a technique for calibrating a vacuum chamber in terms of pressure. The second is an investigation of facility effects i.e., how elevated facility back pressure affects thruster performance, plume plasma parameters, and plume diagnostics. The third portion of this research is an investigation of the performance and plume characteristics of a cluster of UMAFRL P5 5 kw Hall thrusters operated over a wide range of facility back pressures.
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