Boulder, Colorado - August 17, 2017:
Mr. Alexander Ryan from the University of New South Wales, Australia will present results of his research using VSim to model plasma thrusters.
Particle-in-Cell algorithms capture the kinetic behavior of complex interactions between ions within plasma thrusters. 2D PIC simulations of plasma ion acceleration through a magnetic nozzle were performed with VSim. Simulations that determine whether plasma detachment occurs may be used in the optimization of magnetic nozzle designs for small to large scale plasma-dynamic thrusters. The ability to accurately simulate innovations by using codes such as VSim before prototyping devices is essential for improving the overall efficiency of electric thrusters.