Laboratory model development of Lissajous acceleration for electrodeless helicon plasma thruster

Takeshi Matsuoka, Ikkoh Funaki, Syuhei Satoh, Takayasu Fujino, Shota Iwabuchi, Takahiro Nakamura, Hiroyuki Nishida, Shunjiro Shinohara, Takao Tanikawa, Tohru Hada, Konstantin P. Shamrai

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    Abstract

    A thrust model for a Lissajous method has shown that a competitive performance compared with the rockets using, e.g., ion engines or Hall thrusters, can be achieved by electrodeless method which can be a long lived thruster. Previous experiments showed a slight increase of plasma flow velocity by this method, however, experimental conditions were not optimized and the thrust was not measured. In this study, two experiments are reported in order to develop helicon plasma sources and a thrust measurement method by using Ar gas propellant. The first experiment is measurements of thermal thrust in order to characterize thruster performance 26 mm and 50 mm diameter helicon plasma thrusters without Lissajous acceleration. Maximum specific impulse (390 ± 130 s) is observed at a parameter set: the mass flow rate of 0.24 mg/s, the magnetic field: BZ = 0.054 T and RF (radio frequency) input power of 2.0 kW when a 50 mm diameter thruster is used. It is found that the thrust and efficiency is proportional to absorbed power by the plasma. The second experiment is preliminary measurements of Lissajous acceleration by using a laboratory model of 50 mm diameter. Preliminary thrust measurements by using the laboratory model show clear plasma acceleration by applying acceleration power. The observed thrust with acceleration power of 130 W is 3.3±0.3 mN with a specific impulse of 380±40 s and efficiency

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication48th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit 2012
    PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
    ISBN (Print)9781600869358
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event48th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit 2012 - Atlanta, GA, United States
    Duration: Jul 30 2012Aug 1 2012

    Publication series

    Name48th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit 2012

    Other

    Other48th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit 2012
    CountryUnited States
    CityAtlanta, GA
    Period7/30/128/1/12

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Control and Systems Engineering
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering

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    Matsuoka, T., Funaki, I., Satoh, S., Fujino, T., Iwabuchi, S., Nakamura, T., Nishida, H., Shinohara, S., Tanikawa, T., Hada, T., & Shamrai, K. P. (2012). Laboratory model development of Lissajous acceleration for electrodeless helicon plasma thruster. In 48th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit 2012 (48th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit 2012). American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.. https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2012-3956