Power electronics for a 1-kilowatt arc jet thruster
- Gruber, R. P.
- JAN 1, 1986.
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- After more than two decades, new space mission requirements have revived interest in arcjet systems. The preliminary development and demonstration of new, high efficiency, power electronic concepts for start up and steady state control of dc arcjets is reported. The design comprises a pulse width modulated power converter which is closed loop configured to give fast current control. An inductor, in series with the arcjet, serves the dual role of providing instantaneous current control, as well as a high voltage arc ignition pulse. Benchmark efficiency, transient response, regulation, and ripple data are presented. Tests with arcjets demonstrate that the power electronics breadboard can start thrusters consistently with no apparent damage and transfer reliably to the nondestructive high voltage arc mode in less than a second.
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- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19860015937.
Accession ID: 86N25409.
Joint Propulsion Conference; 16-18 Jun. 1986; Huntsville, AL; United States.
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