Physics, mathematics, and technology

2010 Issue №10

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Computer modeling of magnetic systems of stationary plasma thrusters



Method of making calculations of magnetic field in application programs package NISA is presented, which makes possible to determine its parameters and topology with acceptable accuracy. Calculations allow to optimize construction of thruster’s magnetic systems, to determine electrical and life’s characteristics, anode and cathodes positions before fire tests.


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