Research Assistant/Associate in Spacecraft Propulsion
This project will involve the design, development and testing of a novel spacecraft micro-propulsion system based on water propellant called the Iridium Catalysed Electrolysis (ICE) propulsion system. The ICE propulsion system is a MEMS-based thruster that uses a novel Iridium catalyser to chemically react hydrogen and oxygen at relatively low temperatures. The propellants produced in-situ using water electrolysis. If successful, this...
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- Reference ENG01650
- Date posted 15 April 2021
- Closing date 30 April 2021
This project will involve the design, development and testing of a novel spacecraft micro-propulsion system based on water propellant called the Iridium Catalysed Electrolysis (ICE) propulsion system. The ICE propulsion system is a MEMS-based thruster that uses a novel Iridium catalyser to chemically react hydrogen and oxygen at relatively low temperatures. The propellants produced in-situ using water electrolysis. If successful, this technology would be the first electrolysis propulsion system capable of generating thrust continuously. This capability would avoid pulsed mode performance losses and lead to a significantly more compact design. The focus of this activity will be on the manufacture and laboratory demonstration of the MEMS thruster chip within the Imperial Aeronautics large space simulation vacuum facility (Boltzmann chamber). Further aims of this post will be to support parallel activities within the group toward the development of a multi-mode chemical + electric propulsion architecture using water propellant.
Duties and responsibilities
- Design and construct the experimental setup with the Boltzmann vacuum chamber
- Conduct thermal profile measurements of the ICE thruster using a thermal imaging camera
- Conduct direct thrust measurements of the ICE thruster using a pendulum thrust balance
- To present findings to colleagues
- To attend relevant workshops and conferences as necessary
- Publishing research in leading journals
- To develop contacts within the College and the wider community
- To promote the reputation of the Group, the Department and the College
- Engaging with industrial project partners
Research Associate – Must hold a PhD (or equivalent) specializing in spacecraft propulsion or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience
Research Assistant – Should be near completion of a PhD (or equivalent) specializing in spacecraft propulsion or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience
* This post is available until the 28th February 2022
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