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A Comprehensive Cold Gas Performance Study of the Pocket Rocket Radiofrequency Electrothermal Microthruster

Ho, Teck Seng; Charles, Christine; Boswell, Roderick


This paper presents computational fluid dynamics simulations of the cold gas operation of Pocket Rocket and Mini Pocket Rocket radiofrequency electrothermal microthrusters, replicating experiments performed in both sub-Torr and vacuum environments. This work takes advantage of flow velocity choking to circumvent the invalidity of modeling vacuum regions within a CFD simulation, while still preserving the accuracy of the desired results in the internal regions of the microthrusters. Simulated...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Frontiers in Physics
DOI: 10.3389/fphy.2016.00055
Access Rights: Open Access


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