A compact RF power inverter with reduced EMI for a CubeSat electrothermal micro-Thruster




Liang, Wei
Cui, Xiaofan
Raymond, Luke C
Gu, Lei
Charles, Christine
Boswell, Roderick
Davila, Juan Rivas

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This paper presents a compact RF power inverter implemented with a PCB multi-resonant input filter for driving an electrothermal plasma micro-thruster, mini Pocket Rocket 3.0 (miniPR 3.0). This miniPR 3.0 and its driving electronics are part of an investigation seeking to add micro propulsion systems to low cost CubeSats. The proposed RF power inverter and multi-resonant input filter use only air core inductors. All inductors are toroidal and formed by PCB traces and vias allowing a planar and compact design [1], [2]. The PCB structure serves as structural support to save space and volume for propulsion propellant and other payloads. Advantages of air core inductors include not being subject to saturation or variations from changing material properties of a magnetic core, as well as no Curie temperature rating. With the previous development [3] of successfully driving the miniPR 3.0 with a compact PCB RF power inverter, this paper emphasizes on addressing some of the EMI concerns. A lumped transmission line multi-resonant input filter is proposed to mitigate conductive EMI. Specifically, we present an 8th order multi-resonant input filter design and demonstrate the converter and the filter successfully driving the miniPR 3.0.





2017 IEEE 18th Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics, COMPEL 2017


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