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International Journal of Aerospace Engineering
Volume 2012, Article ID 740869, 18 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/740869
Research Article

Plasma Reactors and Plasma Thrusters Modeling by Ar Complete Global Models

DEDALOS Ltd, 54645 Thessaloniki, Greece

Received 26 June 2012; Revised 14 September 2012; Accepted 20 September 2012

Academic Editor: I. D. Boyd

Copyright © 2012 Chloe Berenguer and Konstantinos Katsonis. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

A complete global model for argon was developed and adapted to plasma reactor and plasma thruster modeling. It takes into consideration ground level and excited Ar and Ar+ species and the reactor and thruster form factors. The electronic temperature, the species densities, and the ionization percentage, depending mainly on the pressure and the absorbed power, have been obtained and commented for various physical conditions.