Applications of electrodynamic tethers utilizing their transmission-line characteristics

Sven G. Bilén, Eric Choinière, Brian E. Gilchrist

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Abstract

In this work, we use a previously developed model for the tether transmission line to examine several unique features of signals propagating on tethers as well as some of the potential applications for tether transmission lines. The model we use is implemented in SPICE, which allows the tether's transmission-line characteristics to be examined under a large array of stimuli and in a variety of system configurations. In addition, we offer a possible method for enhancing current to tethers using radio-frequency signals, which is practicable due to the transmission-line characteristics of tethers. We present results of initial experiments and particle-in-cell computer modeling of the radio-frequency enhancement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000
Event35th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference and Exhibit 2000 - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: Jul 24 2000Jul 28 2000

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Other35th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference and Exhibit 2000
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas, NV
Period7/24/007/28/00

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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    Bilén, S. G., Choinière, E., & Gilchrist, B. E. (2000). Applications of electrodynamic tethers utilizing their transmission-line characteristics. Paper presented at 35th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference and Exhibit 2000, Las Vegas, NV, United States. https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2000-3868