Low-power microwave arcjet testing

D. Nordling, F. Souliez, M. M. Micci

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Abstract

The microwave arcjet is an electro thermal propulsion device which can function at low power levels (100 Watts CW) suitable for microsatellite applications. Its electrodeless design allows it to provide steady and stable operation with negligible erosion to the device. The free-floating plasma within the resonant cavity couples the incident electrical power directly to the tangentially injected propellant gas. The plasma forms by focusing the microwave energy into the first transverse magnetic mode and operates independent of the type of propellant gas used. Two devices of this type are investigated, one operating at a frequency of 2.45 GHz and the other at 7.5 GHz. Thrust and specific impulse measurements were made with the 7.5 GHz device.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Event34th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, 1998 - Cleveland, United States
Duration: Jul 13 1998Jul 15 1998

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Other34th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, 1998
CountryUnited States
CityCleveland
Period7/13/987/15/98

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Propellants
Microwaves
Plasmas
Cavity resonators
Testing
Gases
Propulsion
Erosion
Hot Temperature

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering

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Nordling, D., Souliez, F., & Micci, M. M. (1998). Low-power microwave arcjet testing. Paper presented at 34th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, 1998, Cleveland, United States.
Nordling, D. ; Souliez, F. ; Micci, M. M. / Low-power microwave arcjet testing. Paper presented at 34th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, 1998, Cleveland, United States.
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Nordling, D, Souliez, F & Micci, MM 1998, 'Low-power microwave arcjet testing', Paper presented at 34th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, 1998, Cleveland, United States, 7/13/98 - 7/15/98.

Low-power microwave arcjet testing. / Nordling, D.; Souliez, F.; Micci, M. M.

1998. Paper presented at 34th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, 1998, Cleveland, United States.

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