Performance improvement of Hall thrusters using a pulse-synchronous driver system

Taichiro Tamida, Hiroyuki Osuga, Naoji Yamamoto, Haruki Takegahara, Junichiro Aoyagi, Kyoichi Kuriki

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A new pulse-synchronous driver system is proposed for Hall thrusters.By applyingapulsating drive voltage with a frequency close to that of the discharge oscillation, the stable and synchronized operation of a Hall thruster can be realized. A pulsating boost chopper circuit is also proposed that is suitable for use as a pulse-synchronous drive and has many attractive features as the driver circuit for Hall thrusters. Moreover, it is demonstrated that the thrust performance is improved approximately 30% at 200 W input power by using the driver circuit. Pulse-synchronous driving isa new driving method optimized for thruster operation, and it is expected to become anessential technology for high-power Hall thrusters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)956-961
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Propulsion and Power
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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