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Title:Simulation of Flowing Plasma Discharges With Applications to Lasers, Fuel Cells, and Microthrusters
Author(s):Arakoni, Ramesh A.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Kushner, Mark J.
Department / Program:Aerospace Engineering
Discipline:Aerospace Engineering
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Physics, Fluid and Plasma
Abstract:Small satellites (few kg) require muN - mNs thrust for station keeping with nominal power requirements (few Watts). MDs deposit power to flowing Ar (at 10s Torr), and the incremental velocity, gas temperature, and thrust are studied. Due to the large surface-to-volume ratio and low Reynolds number, heat conduction to the walls and viscous losses play a significant role in determining thrust. Geometrical parameters like nozzle length and angle, and flow parameters such as power, pressure, and flow rate can be used to optimize the thrust.
Issue Date:2007
Description:231 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3290166
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2007

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