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THRUSTER

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
4370
Program Year/Program:
1986 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
4370
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Seitec Inc
Po Box 81264 Cleveland, OH 44181
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1986
Title: THRUSTER
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,954.00
 

Abstract:

R&D ON A NVOEL ELECTRIC THRUSTER CONCEPT IS PROPOSED. THE BASIC CONCEPT OF THIS THRUSTER IS THAT THRUST IS PRODUCED BY THE EXPANSION OF HOT PLASMA IN A PAIR OF MAGNET NOZZLES. UPSTREAM CONTAINMENT OF THE PLASMA IS ACHIEVED BY A STABLE MAGNETIC CONTAINMENT SYSTEM. PLASMA HEATING IS ACCOMPLISHED BY A DC DISCHARGE BETWEEN THE TWO ANODES LOCATED INSIDE THE MAGNETIC NOZZLE COILS AND A DOWNSTREAM HOLLOW CATHODE WHICH IS LOCATED ON A MAGNETIC FIELD LINE THAT PASSES NEAR THE CENTER LINE OF THE ANODES. MOST OF THE PROPELLANT IS INJECTED INTO THE DISCHARGE THROUGH THE ANODES. THIS THRUSTER CONCEPT BUILDS DIRECTLY ON BOTH THE BEST OF THE MAGNETOPLASMADYNAMIC (MPD) THRUSTER AND EXISTING STELLARATOR TECHNOLOGY. PRIOR WORK HAS SHOWN THAT THIS TYPE THRUSTER HAS THE POTENTIAL OF ACHIEVING THRUST EFFICIENCIES APPROACHING 80% IN THE SPECIFIC IMPULSE RANGE OF 20003000 SECONDS, I.E. 50-100% HIGHER EFFICIENCY THAN ANY EXISTING PLASMA THRUSTERS. IN THE PROPOSED EFFORT AN OPTIMIZED ENGINEERING DESIGN OF A KW DC THRUSTER AND THE REQUIRED EQUIPMENT AND INSTRUMENTATION TO TEST AND UNDERSTAND IT'S PERFORMANCE WILL BE DEVELOPED. IN PHASE II, THE THRUSTER WOULD BE FABRICATED AND TESTED.

Principal Investigator:

George r seikel
2167791190

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Seitec Inc
Po Box 81264 Cleveland, OH 44181

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No