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- The distribution of ion current density as a function of angle from the thruster axis was measured at nominal operating conditions of 300 Volts discharge voltage and 4.5 Amperes discharge current for two SPT-100 stationary plasma thrusters from Fakel Enterprises, a D-55 anode layer thruster from the Central Scientific Research Institute for Machine Building (TsNIIMASH), and a first, second, and third generation T-100 stationary plasma thruster from the Scientific Research Institute of Thermal Process (NIITP). The data showed that the current density distributions of these thrusters were similar. Some differences in peak ion current density were observed. Multiply charged ions were found to be a small fraction of the plasma plume for all of the thrusters. The effect of facility pressure on ion current density distribution was found to be nonnegligible at pressures above 2 x 10(exp -6) Torr. The ion current density distributions of a new SPT-100 and a 6000 hour wear tested SPT-100 exhibited no discernible difference. Ion current density measurements were also taken at off-nominal thruster operating conditions.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19960001959.
Accession ID: 96N11967.
AIAA PAPER 95-2927.
Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit; 10-12 Jul. 1995; San Diego, CA; United States.
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