【Internship report】Development of Lorentz Force Accelator and Gas Initiated Pulse Plasma Thrusters for CubeSAT

2018 - 09

Intern: Michaud Damien

Affiliation: Pyrotechnic systems engineering, ENSTA Bretagne (France)

Research Topic: Development of Lorentz Force Accelator and Gas Initiated Pulse Plasma Thrusters for CubeSAT

Internsihip Period: 2018/Jun./18~2018/Sep./07

For my internship necessary to validate my 4th year, I decided to orient myself in the field of the research. From the 16th of June to the 8th September, I worked in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics in the National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan. I was under the supervision of my tutor, Professor Li Yueh-Hueng. I integrated his laboratory, Zap LAB, specialized in combustion and aerospace propulsion field. Everyone in this lab has to research, to develop and to do experiments in the optic to provide new researches and improvements for the space domain. It was a really rewarding experience both scientific and human side. Indeed, with the other master students and the professors, we all share knowledge, our experiments, our opinions and our culture.

The purpose of this internship was to study the plasma formation, the operation of micro thruster, the different type of models, their efficiency and characteristics among existing thesis and articles. Finally, I had to choose my own project after learning about this field: Lithium Lorentz Force Accelerator. After my design finished, I worked in another project, the Gas Initiated Pulsed Plasma Thruster, with Kai, master student. It was the rest of the thesis of Sunil Kumar, graduated student. The goal of this second project, it’s to use a solenoid valve in order to increase the efficiency of the thruster and to be able to control the mass flow and create pulsed plasma.

In this internship report, we will begin by a presentation of Taiwan and the National Cheng Kung University, we will continue by the importance of using electric thrusters in the space domain. Finally, we will finish by the studies of my different projects, where I will bring out my different purposes, my work with Catia to design these complex systems and my experiment on the last project.



  • 李約亨

  • Damien MICHAUD【2018】

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