Vertical EP Thruster

We are currently in the second year of a three-year effort to develop a vertical thrust stand under an AEDC Task Order. The primary objective of this research and development effort is to develop a vertical thrust stand for use in the AEDC 12V chamber. This thrust stand will provide AEDC customers the ability to make thrust measurements on various electric propulsion thrusters ranging in size from about 1 kW to about 50 kW. During the first year of the effort, funded under AEDC Task Order #03-01, the preliminary design for the thrust stand was completed. During the current reporting period, this design, shown schematically in Figure 2, was refined and finalized. The purchase of materials and components for the thrust stand has begun. Fabrication of thrust stand components will begin in the near future. To minimize development costs, the data acquisition and control systems for the 12V thrust stand will be largely taken from a NASA Marshall thrust stand. Procurement of equipment and instrumentation for the thrust stand data acquisition and control systems is expected to begin in the near future.


Schematic of vertical thrust stand design concept

Principal Investigator: Dr. T. Moeller
Sponsor: Arnold Engineering Development Center