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Discretization of the magnetic field in MPD thrusters

Jörg Heiermann (Institut für Raumfahrtsysteme, Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany)
Monika Auweter‐Kurtz (Institut für Raumfahrtsysteme, Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany)

International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow

ISSN: 0961-5539

Article publication date: 1 June 2004

Abstract

For the numerical simulation of magnetoplasmadynamic (MPD) self‐field thruster flow, the solution of one of the two dynamical Maxwell equations – Faraday's law – is required. The Maxwell equations and Ohm's law for plasmas can be summarized in one equation for the stream function so that the two‐dimensional, axisymmetric magnetic field can be calculated. The finite volume (FV) discretization of the equation on unstructured, adaptive meshes is presented in detail and solutions for different thruster currents are shown. The calculated thrust is compared with the experimental data.

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Citation

Heiermann, J. and Auweter‐Kurtz, M. (2004), "Discretization of the magnetic field in MPD thrusters", International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow, Vol. 14 No. 4, pp. 559-572. https://doi.org/10.1108/09615530410532295

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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