Novel technique to determine spark jet efficiency

Mona Golbabaei-Asl, Doyle Knight, Stephen Wilkinson

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A novel method for determining the electromechanical efficiency is proposed based upon comparison of predictions of a theoretical model and experimental measurements. A prototype pendulum apparatus and SparkJet actuator are constructed to measure the impulse response of a single capacitive discharge. The pendulum apparatus consists of a wooden pendulum, a low-friction pivot assembly, a low-torque electrical coupling, and a SparkJet actuator. The pendulum and pivot assembly are mounted in a rigid wooden stand shielded from room air drafts by transparent plastic panels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)501-504
Number of pages4
JournalAIAA journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering

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