Plume Modeling of a CAMILA Hall Thruster Cluster

Matteo Laterza
Work towards Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Prof. Moshe Guelman
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

The present work focuses on plume interactions in a convergent Hall thruster cluster for thrust vectoring. The analysis is done through a numerical model, using a custom hybrid- PIC code with Monte Carlo Collisions for ion-neutral interactions. The setup consists in two thrusters positioned at 10cm separation, each with a 10° convergence angle. In order to provide thrust vectoring, the ion current is changed by ±20% relatively to nominal.

A combined simulation is compared with stand-alone simulations of the two thrusters.

The comparison shows not only the deflection of high-angle charge-exchange ions, but also deviations of the main plume. A non-axisymmetric divergence model is developed, showing total divergence on the convergence plane to be smaller than single thruster divergence, contrary to what would be expected.

The talk will be given in English

Wed, 21-10-2015, 16:30 (Gathering at 16:00)

Classroom 165, ground floor, Library, Aerospace Eng.

Light refreshments will be served before the lecture


Plume Modeling of a CAMILA Hall Thruster Cluster