Hybrid-PIC Computer Simulation of the Plasma and Erosion Processes in Hall Thrusters
- Created: Wednesday, 01 September 2010
HPHall software simulates and tracks the time-dependent evolution of the plasma and erosion processes in the discharge chamber and near-field plume of Hall thrusters. HPHall is an axisymmetric solver that employs a hybrid fluid/ particle-in-cell (Hybrid-PIC) numerical approach. HPHall, originally developed by MIT in 1998, was upgraded to HPHall-2 by the Polytechnic University of Madrid in 2006. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has continued the development of HPHall-2 through upgrades to the physical models employed in the code, and the addition of entirely new ones.
This work was done by Richard R. Hofer, Ira Katz, and Ioannis G. Mikellides of Caltech and Manuel Gamero-Castano of the University of California, Irvine for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. For more information, download the Technical Support Package (free white paper) at www.techbriefs.com/tsp under the Software category.
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