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Title:Development and characterization of an inertial electrostatic confinement thruster
Author(s):Krishnamurthy, Akshata
Advisor(s):Miley, George H.
Department / Program:Aerospace Engineering
Discipline:Aerospace Engineering
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:M.S.
Genre:Thesis
Subject(s):Inertial Electrostatic Confinement (IEC)
thruster
electric propulsion
space propulsion
Helicon
inertial confinement
Abstract:This present work is focused on the development of an IEC thruster based on the jet mode of operation. Discharge characteristics of the IEC jet mode were studied. Current, thermal power, thermal efficiency and thrust measurements were obtained. As an addition, helicon plasma injection into the IEC was studied, and based on findings suitable recommendations for the development of the helicon-injected IEC thruster were proposed.
Issue Date:2012-12
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/42155
Rights Information:Copyright 2012 Akshata Krishnamurthy
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-02-03
2015-02-03
Date Deposited:2012-12


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