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Aerospace 2017, 4(1), 5; doi:10.3390/aerospace4010005

A New Gaskinetic Model to Analyze Background Flow Effects on Weak Gaseous Jet Flows from Electric Propulsion Devices

Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, The Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI 49931, USA;
Received: 6 December 2016 / Accepted: 23 January 2017 / Published: 27 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Fluid-Structure Interactions)
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Recent work on studying rarefied background and jet flow interactions is reported. A new gaskinetic method is developed to investigate two closely related problems. The first problem is how a collisionless background flow can affect a highly rarefied jet flow. The rarefied jet and background flow conditions are assumed available and described with seven parameters. Gaskinetic theories are applied and formulas are obtained for the mixture properties. Simulations are performed to validate these expressions, and excellent agreement is obtained. The second problem is to recover the collisionless background and jet flow parameters with limited measurements. A group of linearized equations are derived for the flowfield properties. The solving process includes initial estimations on the seven parameters, followed with iterations. Numerical tests are performed and the results indicate the procedure is accurate and efficient. The new method and expressions can reduce the amount of experimental work and numerical simulations to analyze facility effects. Parameter studies with particle simulations may require several months; however, the new methods may require minutes. These methods can be used to quantify and predict jet performance, vacuum chamber designs and optimization. Applications may be for many societies using vacuum conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: electric propulsion; plume flows; vacuumtestingmethods; facility effects; gaskinetic theory; free molecular flow; DSMC simulations electric propulsion; plume flows; vacuumtestingmethods; facility effects; gaskinetic theory; free molecular flow; DSMC simulations
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Cai, C. A New Gaskinetic Model to Analyze Background Flow Effects on Weak Gaseous Jet Flows from Electric Propulsion Devices. Aerospace 2017, 4, 5.

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