Particle simulation of electrodeless plasma thruster with rotating magnetic field

Dai Uchigasaki, Naofumi Ohnishi

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Two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations in an acceleration area were conducted to improve thrust performance of an electrodeless-electromagnetic propulsion using a rotating magnetic field (RMF) and a magnetic nozzle. In investigation of RMF parameters dependence, we found that ohm's law between Ez and Jz does not hold in the experimental conditions. The phase difference between Ez and Jz causes a contraction motion in the plasma and degrades the thrust when Bω is strong and f is high. We also found that Bmz is harmful for the thrust generation and there is an optimum value of Bmr via investigation of magnetic-nozzle-parameters dependence. The optimum Bmr, which is numerically and theoretically obtained, is the same strong as Bω; however, the particle acceleration is insufficient in the experiments because Bmr is ten times stronger than Bω. The RMF thruster has potential for obtaining the higher thrust performance if the parameters of the magnetic nozzle are adequately selected.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA SciTech Forum - 55th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781624104473
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event55th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting - Grapevine, United States
Duration: 2017 Jan 92017 Jan 13

Publication series

NameAIAA SciTech Forum - 55th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting


Other55th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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