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2008

Wright State University

MHD

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Computational And Experimental Investigations Into Aerospace Plasmas, William Thomas Bennett Jan 2008

Computational And Experimental Investigations Into Aerospace Plasmas, William Thomas Bennett

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Investigations into two different fields of plasma research are presented here. These include the study of ion engine performance and the use of plasma discharges for flow control. In the area of ion engine performance, optimizing electron confinement is the primary goal of this work. The work of prior researchers was expanded through the study of the cathode emission location and the energy of the primary electrons. Cathode position was shown to have minimal effect on confinement length. For electron energy values greater than 20eV the effect on confinement length was also found to be very small. The strength of ...