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dc.contributor.authorMittal, Shawnen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-28T08:00:21Z
dc.date.available2015-05-28T08:00:21Z
dc.date.issued2015-05-27en_US
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:5719en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/52705
dc.description.abstractElectrothermal (ET) Plasma Technology has been used for many decades in a wide variety of scientific and industrial applications. Due to its numerous applications and configurations, ET plasma sources can be used in everything from small scale space propulsion thrusters to large scale material deposition systems for use in a manufacturing setting. The sheer number of different types of ET sources means that there is always additional scientific research and characterization studies that can be done to either explore new concepts or improve existing designs. The focus of this work is to explore a novel electrothermal energetic plasma source (ETEPS) that uses energetic gas as the working fluid in order to harness the combustion and ionization energy of the subsequently formed energetic plasma. The goal of the work is to use computer code and engineering methods in order to successfully characterize the capabilities of the ETEPS concept and to then design a prototype which will be used for further study. This thesis details the background of ET plasma physics, the ETEPS concept physics, and the computational and design work done in order to demonstrate the feasibility of using the ETEPS source in two roles: space thrusters and electrothermal plasma guns.en_US
dc.format.mediumETDen_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectelectrothermal plasmaen_US
dc.subjectspace propulsionen_US
dc.subjectelectric weaponryen_US
dc.subjectelectrothermal chemical gunsen_US
dc.subjectelectrothermal propulsionen_US
dc.titleComputational Analysis and Design of the Electrothermal Energetic Plasma Source Concepten_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentMechanical Engineeringen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineMechanical Engineeringen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairWinfrey, Leighen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberKasarda, Mary E.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberVick, Brianen_US


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