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Microthrusters in silicon for aerospace application

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5 Author(s)
Giulio, L. ; Dept. Electron., La Sapienza Univ., Rome, Italy ; Marco, B. ; Aldo, F. ; Domenico, T.P.
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This paper reviews the results of the thermal and static analysis of small motor aerospace technology (SMART) propulsion system, constituted of a microthrusters array realised by MEMS technology on silicon wafers. This system has been studied using FEM (NASTRAN) and the results have been verified by the electro-thermic analogy and the FDM method, using, respectively, SPICE and MATLAB codes. The simulation results demonstrated the feasibility of SMART systems for aerospace applications such as attitude control and deorbiting missions for small satellite station-keeping. A theoretical impulse of 20 mNs has been calculated for the SMART system.

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Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:17 ,  Issue: 9 )