INVESTIGATION OF BEAMED-ENERGY ERH THRUSTER PERFORMANCE.
The objective of this study was to determine the performance of an External Radiation Heated (ERH) Thruster. In this thruster, high intensity laser energy is focused to ignite either a Laser Supported Combustion (LSC) wave or a Laser Supported Detonation (LSD) wave. Thrust is generated as the LSC or LSD wave propagates over the thruster's surface, or in the proposed thruster configuration, the vehicle afterbody. Thrust models for the LSC and LSD waves were developed and simulated on a computer. Performance parameters investigated include the effect of laser intensity, flight Mach number, and altitude on mean-thrust and coupling coefficient of the ERH thruster. Results from these models suggest that the ERH thruster using LSC/LSD wave ignition could provide propulsion performance considerably greater than any propulsion system currently available.
author list (cited authors)
Strayer, T. D., Bossard, J. A., Richard, J. C., Gallimore, A. D., & Myrabo, L. N.
complete list of authors
Strayer, TD||Bossard, JA||Richard, JC||Gallimore, AD||Myrabo, LN