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Michigan Technological University

2018

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Thermomagnetic Convective Cooling Of Hall Effect Thruster, Elizabeth M. Vanheusden Jan 2018

Thermomagnetic Convective Cooling Of Hall Effect Thruster, Elizabeth M. Vanheusden

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This work proposes and shows that thermomagnetic convection could be used in zero gravity to cool components of a Hall-effect thruster. A ferrofluid cavity was develop in the thermal and geometric model of a Hall-effect thruster. Simulations show that with an Ionic Liquid Ferrofluid after two minutes of thruster operations thermomagnetic convection occurs and in zero gravity will produce a larger velocity then natural convection that occurs in earth gravity. However, experiments did not result in heat transfer enhancement due to the limitation of the ferrofluid. Replacement of the Ferrotec EFH1 dispersant with dodecylbenzene did not result in Ionic Liquid ...