Mar 1 – 3, 2017
CNR Nanotec, Bari, Italy
Europe/Rome timezone

Hall thruster virtual lab

Mar 3, 2017, 10:00 AM
CNR Nanotec, Bari, Italy

CNR Nanotec, Bari, Italy

Area di Ricerca CNR di Bari, via Amendola 122/D, 70126 Bari (Italy).


Dr Francesco Taccogna (CNR-Nanotec-PLasMI)


A realistic three-dimensional fully kinetic particle simulation of a Hall-effect thruster discharge and plume regions has been attempted. The model consists of a Particle-in-Cell (PIC) methodology tracking electrons and propellant ions in their self-consistent electric field. A detailed secondary electron emission representation is also implemented in addition with electron-atoms and ion-atoms volume collisions. The model is able to capture the start-up transient phase and the most relevant features of axial, radial and azimuthal behaviors of the steady-state phase detecting sheath instability and azimuthal fluctuations in the acceleration region. Ion-induced erosion and plume divergency are aestimated from code output. The model has the potentiality to adapt to the different HET configurations (cusped-field, magnetic shielded, wall-less, cylindrical, etc.) and to single out the different mechanisms contributing to electron anomalous cross-field transport and to investigate on the proper incidence on it. The model contains a Graphical User Interface (GUI) from where the user can select the configuration (geometrical, electrical, magnetic and propellant/wall material parameters) to be studied.

Primary author

Dr Francesco Taccogna (CNR-Nanotec-PLasMI)


Dr Francesco Michetti (ENGINSOFT) Dr Pierpaolo Minelli (CNR-Nanotec)

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