Resistojet thruster with supercapacitor power source – design and experimental research

Jan Kindracki , Przemysław Paszkiewicz , Łukasz Mężyk


The paper presents the design of and experimental research on a resistojet thruster with a dedicated power supply system based on supercapacitors. First, the description of two research stands used in different stages of the research is presented. The experimental approach divides the research into two phases. The first part focuses on optimization of the heating chamber, which has a laboratory power supply as a power source. Seven configurations of the chamber – differing in the number of coaxial channels and spiral heaters – are presented together with the results of the optimization process. The second stage describes research into thruster-like conditions with both power supply systems – supercapacitor based and with a laboratory power supply – with the geometry chosen based on the optimization process. A comparison is presented of propulsion parameters for various pre-heating times, power levels and power supply types, with a cold gas system as a reference.
Author Jan Kindracki (FPAE / IHE)
Jan Kindracki,,
- The Institute of Heat Engineering
, Przemysław Paszkiewicz (FPAE / IHE)
Przemysław Paszkiewicz,,
- The Institute of Heat Engineering
, Łukasz Mężyk (FPAE / IHE)
Łukasz Mężyk,,
- The Institute of Heat Engineering
Journal seriesAerospace Science and Technology, ISSN 1270-9638
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishSatellite propulsion Resistojet Attitude control system
ASJC Classification2202 Aerospace Engineering
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)100
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 100.0, 09-06-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0; Scopus Citations = 1; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 1.73; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 2.829 (2) - 2018=3.001 (5)
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