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Mitigation of Detrimental Electric Thruster Force Measurement Effects

Neumann, Andreas and Volkmar, Chris and Geile, Christopher and Hannemann, Klaus (2017) Mitigation of Detrimental Electric Thruster Force Measurement Effects. 35th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-10-08 - 2017-10-12, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

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DLR (German Aerospace Center) operates the test facility STG-ET for electric space propulsion in Goettingen, Germany. The STG-ET has been especially designed for electric space thruster testing with a vacuum chamber that measures 12.2 m in length and 5 m in diameter. Thrust measurement is a basic requirement for propulsion engine qualification. Ion and Hall effect space thrusters usually produce thrust levels in the milli newton range. A thrust measurement system used on these engines has to carry the weight of the thrusters which are of the order of several kg and measure these low force values. Within this paper, we analyze issues when using a thrust measurement device, and give some hints on how to mitigate these. Stability of the balance carrying structure, decent cable and fluid pipe routing, and good thermal conditioning are the most important points to take care of for minimizing issues.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/115125/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Mitigation of Detrimental Electric Thruster Force Measurement Effects
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Volkmar, ChrisUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5038-3834UNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:vacuum, test facility, electric propulsion, thrust balance
Event Title:35th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Georgia Institute of Technology
Event Location:Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:8 October 2017
Event End Date:12 October 2017
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Transportation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R RP - Space Transportation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Raumfahrzeugsysteme - Anlagen u. Messtechnik (old)
Location: Göttingen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute for Aerodynamics and Flow Technology > Spacecraft, GO
Deposited By: Neumann, Andreas
Deposited On:07 Dec 2017 15:38
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:19

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