Effective conversion of exit enthalpy in a MPD thruster

Subrata Roy, Pavlos Mikellides, Dhanireddy R. Reddy

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Acceleration of plasma by area expansion is an area of significant interest to the high power inspace propulsion research. This paper verifies the applicability of a diverging channel to designing practical self-field magnetoplasmadynamic (MPD) thruster for higher specific impulse. Theoretical development for the expanding annular geometry is documented and analyzed for a partially ionized two temperature computational model that addresses potential understanding of effect of geometric scales, and predictions of self-field magnetic effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
Externally publishedYes
Event40th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit 2002 - Reno, NV, United States
Duration: Jan 14 2002Jan 17 2002


Other40th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit 2002
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityReno, NV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering


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