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The Resource Magnetic flux compression experiments using plasma armatures, M.W. Turner and C.W. Hawk, R.J. Litchford

Magnetic flux compression experiments using plasma armatures, M.W. Turner and C.W. Hawk, R.J. Litchford

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Magnetic flux compression experiments using plasma armatures
Title
Magnetic flux compression experiments using plasma armatures
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M.W. Turner and C.W. Hawk, R.J. Litchford
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Language
eng
Summary
Magnetic flux compression reaction chambers offer considerable promise for controlling the plasma flow associated with various micronuclear/chemical pulse propulsion and power schemes, primarily because they avoid thermalization with wall structures and permit multicycle operation modes. The major physical effects of concern are the diffusion of magnetic flux into the rapidly expanding plasma cloud and the development of Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities at the plasma surface, both of which can severely degrade reactor efficiency and lead to plasma-wall impact. <p/> A physical parameter of critical importance to these underlying magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) processes is the magnetic Reynolds number (Rm), the value of which depends upon the product of plasma electrical conductivity and velocity. Efficient flux compression requires Rm>>1, and a thorough understanding of MHD phenomena at high magnetic Reynolds numbers is essential to the reliable design and operation of practical reactors. As a means of improving this understanding, a simplified laboratory experiment has been constructed in which the plasma jet ejected from an ablative pulse plasma gun is used to investigate plasma armature interaction with magnetic fields. <p/> As a prelude to intensive study, exploratory experiments were carried out to quantify the magnetic Reynolds number characteristics of the plasma jet source. Jet velocity was deduced from time-of-flight measurements using optical probes, and electrical conductivity was measured using an inductive probing technique. Using air at 27-inHg vacuum, measured velocities approached 4.5 km/s and measured conductivities were in the range of 30 to 40 kS/m
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Turner, M. W
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Sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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federal national government publication
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illustrations
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no index present
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non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • technical reports
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  • Hawk, C. W.
  • Litchford, R. J.
  • George C. Marshall Space Flight Center
  • United States
Series statement
NASA/TP
Series volume
2003-212341
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Plasma compression
  • Magnetic flux
  • Reynolds number
  • Plasma jets
  • Plasma dynamics
Label
Magnetic flux compression experiments using plasma armatures, M.W. Turner and C.W. Hawk, R.J. Litchford
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http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo60340
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  • Title from title screen (viewed Sept. 4, 2015)
  • "March 2003."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (page 13)
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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black and white
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
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ocn703646267
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 29 pages)
Form of item
online
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computer
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rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations.
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remote
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  • (OCoLC)703646267
  • (Sirsi) a1861724
Label
Magnetic flux compression experiments using plasma armatures, M.W. Turner and C.W. Hawk, R.J. Litchford
Link
http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo60340
Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (viewed Sept. 4, 2015)
  • "March 2003."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (page 13)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn703646267
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 29 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)703646267
  • (Sirsi) a1861724

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