Three dimensional simulation of ion thruster plumes with AMR and parallelization strategies

Burak Korkut, Pengxiang Wang, Zheng Li, Deborah A. Levin

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Abstract

A novel grid approach called Adaptive Mesh Refinement (AMR) using the Octree method for use within a kinetic Direct Simulation Monte Carlo Method (DSMC) and Particle in Cell (PIC) solver is described for an ion thruster application. AMR is widely used in simulations characterized by multi-scale properties and serves as a powerful tool in terms of efficiency and flexibility. A single thruster configuration has been studied and it was found that the Charge Exchange (CEX) reactions have a major effect especially on the velocity field. A three dimensional, three-thruster case was also simulated to see the effect on the plume and on the corresponding mesh structure when there is no axial or radial symmetry present. Finally, a parallel computing framework is introduced in order to extend studies to more computationally extensive cases and decrease the simulation times significantly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781624102226
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, JPC 2013 - San Jose, United States
Duration: Jul 14 2013Jul 17 2013

Publication series

Name49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference
Volume1 PartF

Conference

Conference49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, JPC 2013
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose
Period7/14/137/17/13

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Parallel processing systems
Monte Carlo methods
Kinetics
Ions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Korkut, B., Wang, P., Li, Z., & Levin, D. A. (2013). Three dimensional simulation of ion thruster plumes with AMR and parallelization strategies. In 49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference (49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference; Vol. 1 PartF). American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.. https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2013-3825

Three dimensional simulation of ion thruster plumes with AMR and parallelization strategies. / Korkut, Burak; Wang, Pengxiang; Li, Zheng; Levin, Deborah A.

49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc., 2013. (49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference; Vol. 1 PartF).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Korkut, B, Wang, P, Li, Z & Levin, DA 2013, Three dimensional simulation of ion thruster plumes with AMR and parallelization strategies. in 49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference. 49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, vol. 1 PartF, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc., 49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, JPC 2013, San Jose, United States, 7/14/13. https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2013-3825
Korkut B, Wang P, Li Z, Levin DA. Three dimensional simulation of ion thruster plumes with AMR and parallelization strategies. In 49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc. 2013. (49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference). https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2013-3825
Korkut, Burak ; Wang, Pengxiang ; Li, Zheng ; Levin, Deborah A. / Three dimensional simulation of ion thruster plumes with AMR and parallelization strategies. 49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc., 2013. (49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference).
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