Two-Dimensional MHD Simulation of Isothermal Plasma Armatures

G. C. Boynton, M. A. Huerta

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We report on our results of a two-dimensional resistive MHD code to simulate the internal dynamics in a railgun plasma armature, starting from a slightly perturbed equilibrium initial state. The plasma temperature, conductivity, and ionization fractions are treated as uniform in space and constant in time. The rear of the plasma is in contact with a low-pressure nonconducting gas. We use a finite difference, explicit, Eulerian, Flux-Corrected Transport (FCT) code to advance all quantities in time. Our computational grid has 200 cells parallel to the rails, and 20 across the rails. The results are presented graphically for the most part. They show the growth and subsequent shedding of the plasma mass toward the nonconducting region at the rear. The mass lost is not replenished and the armature becomes shorter, with steeper pressure and magnetic field profiles. The bulk of the profiles is not thoroughly disrupted, but behaves rather sturdily and seems to maintain a shape fairly close to the equilibrium profiles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)468-475
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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