Accession Number:

ADA582003

Title:

Examination of Rotating Spoke Instability in a Cross-Field Discharge

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 3 Apr 2012-30 Jun 2013

Corporate Author:

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE ORLEANS-LA-SOURCE (FRANCE)

Report Date:

2013-07-08

Pagination or Media Count:

37.0

Abstract:

This joint experimental and theoretical project concerns rotating spoke phenomena in Hall thrusters. This is an international collaborative project between the CARE Institute CNRS in France, the High Performance Computing HPC group at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University in Germany, and the Princeton Plasmas Physics Laboratory in the USA. The main objective of this joint project was to obtain a better understanding of spoke physics through careful experiments and accompanying numerical simulations. The main task was the investigation of the influence of the spoke on the ion flow and its role in thrust and specific impulse generation as well as on the accelerating potential in a Cylindrical Hall Thruster CHT. We also examine the rotating spoke instability formation and dynamics such as frequency, shape, and mode number and the electron transport arising from the spoke.

Subject Categories:

  • Electric and Ion Propulsion

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE