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Translation Studies On An Annular Field Reversed Configuration Device For Space Propulsion, Carrie Suzanne Hill Jan 2012

Translation Studies On An Annular Field Reversed Configuration Device For Space Propulsion, Carrie Suzanne Hill

Dissertations, Master's Theses and Master's Reports - Open

This research investigated annular field reversed configuration (AFRC)devices for high power electric propulsion by demonstrating the acceleration of these plasmoids using an experimental prototype and measuring the plasmoid's velocity, impulse, and energy efficiency.

The AFRC plasmoid translation experiment was design and constructed with the aid of a dynamic circuit model. Two versions of the experiment were built, using underdamped RLC circuits at 10 kHz and 20 kHz. Input energies were varied from 100 J/pulse to 1000 J/pulse for the 10 kHz bank and 100 J/pulse for the 20 kHz bank. The plasmoids were formed in ...