Thrust measurement of the busek bht 20 microhall effect thruster

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dc.contributor Olcmen, Semih
dc.contributor Baker, John
dc.contributor Uddi, Mruthunjaya
dc.contributor.advisor Branam, Richard Burleson, Connor 2021-05-12T16:28:25Z 2021-05-12T16:28:25Z 2020-12
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003729
dc.identifier.other Burleson_alatus_0004M_14330
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The research presented herein documents the process, data analysis, and results of testing a low power micro-hall effect thruster suitable for various mission objectives such as orbital maneuvers, momentum dumping, and precision pointing for microsatellites. The BHT 20 is a low power micro-hall effect thruster capable of generating thrust at the µN thrust level. The research presents high thrust level measurements between 1242 to 3193 µN for thruster conditions between 14.5 to 35.7 W at 413 to 474 µg/s argon flow rates with errors between 3.46 to 11.6%. Also, the discharge voltage and current operating envelope is characterized at the above conditions. Thruster operation was considered suboptimal due to unoptimized high flow rate to thruster power operating conditions. Overall, the research was considered a success by operating the BHT 20 at higher discharge voltages and obtaining thrust measurements at the respective test conditions. Results and recommendations to improve testing are included.
dc.format.extent 130 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Aerospace engineering
dc.title Thrust measurement of the busek bht 20 microhall effect thruster
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Aerospace Engineering The University of Alabama master's M.S.

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