Plasma Engine Development

Test 7 side view

We have been developing a small acrylic/paraffin fuel block for use in our MHD (magnetohydrodynamic) research. The are made from stacked and chem welded acrylic plates instead of rods. This brings the costs way down. also the acrylic structure lets us see what’s going on inside. The first test was to see if it even held together. It worked great.

We’ve conducted seven firings. We’re now adding components and increasing internal pressure.Some of the new blocks were making are going in to plasma edit experiments and some are being stacking into a mini hybrid chemical/electric engine.

We run each for three minutes.

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Segmented Test 5 layout

Test 5 paraffin plates

Test 5 paraffin plates

Test 5 with electrodes

Test 5 with electodes

Test 5 firing

Test 7

Test 7 was the first with potassium inclusions in the paraffin for increased ionization.

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