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[2, 2015] 

Journal of Electrical Engineering, Vol 66, 2 (2015) 117-120 10.1515/jee-2015-0019

ON THE THRUST OF A SINGLE ELECTRODE ELECTROHYDRODYNAMIC THRUSTER

Tomáš Iliť – Michal Váry – Pavol Valko

   Linear thrust generation by a single pin emitter electrode under AC excitation has been studied. Presented are thrust measurements of a single electrode thruster, in comparison with classical, two electrode electrohydrodynamic thruster. The experiments show comparable thrust for both configurations at low voltage levels, suggesting higher thrust-to-weight ratio of single electrode thrusters at low applied voltages. Further, a hypothesis of single electrode thrust creation is proposed.

Keywords: electrohydrodynamics, propulsion, corona discharge, asymmetric capacitor


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