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Hall thruster sequencer using Intel-8051 microcontroller for ion thrust measurement

Stephen, RJ and Rajanna, K and Hemalatha, M (2005) Hall thruster sequencer using Intel-8051 microcontroller for ion thrust measurement. In: 4th IEEE Conference on Sensors, OCT 31-NOV 03, 2005, Irvine.

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Hall thrusters, such as Stationary Plasma Thruster (SPT), have been widely used on board modern satellites placed in geo-synchronows orbits for reasons such as orbit maintenance, repositioning and attitude control. In order to study the performance of the stationary plasma thruster, the thrust produced by it has been measured, using a thrust balance with strain gauge sensors under vacuum conditions, by activating the thruster. This activation of thruster has been carried out by switching ON and switching OFF of the necessary power supplies and control of other feed system such as the propellant flow in a particular sequence. Hitherto, these operations were done manually in the required sequence. This paper reports the attempt made to automate the sequential operation of the power supplies and the necessary control valves of the feed system using Intel 8051 microcontroller. This automation has made thrust measurements easier and more sophisticated.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Publisher: IEEE
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Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Instrumentation Appiled Physics
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2010 06:59
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 06:05
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/27608

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