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Clearance of short circuited ion optics electrodes by capacitive dischargeThe ion optics electrodes of low specific impulse (3000 sec) mercury electron bombardment ion thrusters are vulnerable to short circuits by virtue of their relatively small interelectrode spacing (0.5 mm). Metallic flakes from backsputtered deposits are the most probable cause of such 'shorts' and 'typical' flakes have been simulated here using refractory wire that has a representative, but controllable, cross section. Shorting wires can be removed by capacitive discharge without significant damage to the electrodes. This paper describes an evaluation of 'short' removal versus electrode damage for several combinations of capacitor voltage, stored energy, and short circuit conditions.
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Poeschel, R. L.
(Hughes Research Laboratories Malibu, Calif., United States)
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August 9, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 1976
Subject Category
Spacecraft Propulsion And Power
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AIAA PAPER 76-1031
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Meeting: International Electric Propulsion Conference
Location: Key Biscayne, FL
Start Date: November 14, 1976
End Date: November 17, 1976
Sponsors: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
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