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Numerical study on propulsion properties of laser ablated polymer target
Author(s): Nanlei Li; Yanji Hong; Jie Wu; Weijing Zhou; Jifei Ye
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Paper Abstract

Laser propulsion as a new concept propulsion technology, it is paid more and more extensive concern. Laser ablation micro thruster is one of the focus with its high specific impulse, wide dynamic range of impulse, small minimum impulse bit, low power etc, laser ablation micro thruster has wide application prospects on high-precision task of satellite attitudeadjustment, orbit maintain and networking formation control. Due to low thermal conduction, low ablation threshold, polymer material was easily ablated to generate thrust. A computational model of laser ablated polymer was established to simulated the micro-thruster working in vacuum environment. The polymer don’t have fixed fusion point, so build the ablation criterion based on threshold energy, which has observed in many experiments. Put forward the polymer ablation criterion in the numerical model, the target ablation phenomenon happens when inner deposited energy achieve the threshold value. Established the energy distribution equation to describes the ablation process of temperature rise, phase change and the influence of chemical exothermic process. When ablation phenomenon happened the ablation products would ejected, and the target gained recoil impulse from ejection process. According to energy distribution equations we can get the ejection energy, and then get the recoil momentum of target based on momentum conservation law. The propulsion properties of laser ablated polymer was studied through the numerical analysis model. Revealed the relationship between the propulsion capability and laser parameters. Analyzed influence of different propellants to propulsion performance. The numerical analysis model can reflect the propulsion capability of different polymer propellant, revealed the law of propulsion parameters in laser ablation process.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 May 2013
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8796, 2nd International Symposium on Laser Interaction with Matter (LIMIS 2012), 879608 (16 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2010669
Show Author Affiliations
Nanlei Li, Academy of Equipment (China)
Yanji Hong, Academy of Equipment (China)
Jie Wu, Academy of Equipment (China)
Weijing Zhou, Academy of Equipment (China)
Jifei Ye, Academy of Equipment (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8796:
2nd International Symposium on Laser Interaction with Matter (LIMIS 2012)
Stefan Kaierle; Jingru Liu; Jianlin Cao, Editor(s)

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