Modeling of magneto-plasmadynamic, (MPD) acceleration in three dimensions

Brian Parma, Pavlos Mikellides

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


The three-dimensional version of the magnetohydrodynamic code, MACH is employed to model magnetoplasmadynamic acceleration within a simplified coaxial geometry. Due to the recent emergence of the three-dimensional version the code is subjected to a series of verification cases that include mass and energy conversation and magnetic field diffusion at constant magnetic diffusivity. Mass and energy conversation have been confirmed at multiple axial locations which show constant mass flow rate and total specific enthalpy values all within the tolerance of the underlying numerical solver set by the user. Comparison of the time-dependent, axial profiles of the magnetic field to the closed-form analytic solution also confirm the three-dimensional diffusion solver. Simulation of MPD acceleration is initiated and preliminary unsteady results show expected trends.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE 42nd Joint Propulsion Conference
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)1563478188, 9781563478185
StatePublished - 2006
EventAIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE 42nd Joint Propulsion Conference - Sacramento, CA, United States
Duration: Jul 9 2006Jul 12 2006

Publication series

NameCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE 42nd Joint Propulsion Conference


OtherAIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE 42nd Joint Propulsion Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySacramento, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • General Energy
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Modeling of magneto-plasmadynamic, (MPD) acceleration in three dimensions'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this