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A Porous Flow Control Element for Pulsed Plasma Thrusters

Böhrk, Hannah and Lau, Matthias and Herdrich, Georg and Hald, Hermann and Röser, Hans-Peter (2011) A Porous Flow Control Element for Pulsed Plasma Thrusters. CEAS Space Journal. Springer. doi: DOI: 10.1007/s12567-011-0019-5. ISSN ISSN: 1868-2510.

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The examination of a permeable flow element for PPT propellant feeding is presented. The intention is to identify the control parameters for a self-controlled propellant flow through the element. As the element, a permeable WHIPOX-fibre ceramic is used, feeding water propellant. It is found that the propellant transport is both driven by pressure gradients within the structure and evaporation into the discharge region. For functional testing, a mass flow rate of 340 lg/s is chosen, the PPT being operated against 5 Pa ambient pressure and showing reproducible ignition behaviour. Finally, the system is compared to a PTFE propellant system by spectrometric and photographic analysis of the plasma and by comparison of the electrodes indicating less erosion for water operation.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/71322/
Document Type:Article
Title:A Porous Flow Control Element for Pulsed Plasma Thrusters
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Lau, MatthiasUniv. Stuttgart, IRSUNSPECIFIED
Herdrich, GeorgUniv. Stuttgart, IRSUNSPECIFIED
Röser, Hans-PeterUniv. Stuttgart, IRSUNSPECIFIED
Date:8 October 2011
Journal or Publication Title:CEAS Space Journal
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :DOI: 10.1007/s12567-011-0019-5
ISSN:ISSN: 1868-2510
Keywords:Pulsed plasma thurster Propellant feeding Porous
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 - Leitprojekt - Projekt REX Freeflyer (old)
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:IT-Management (IK-M)
Institute of Structures and Design > Space Structural Components
Deposited By: Böhrk, Hannah
Deposited On:24 Oct 2011 10:43
Last Modified:14 Dec 2019 04:27

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