Development of an Electrostatic Calibration System for a Torsional Micronewton Thrust Stand

Kean How Cheah, Kay Soon Low, Quang Vinh Tran, Zirui Lau

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Abstract

This paper presents the development of an electrostatic calibration system that produces consistent and reproducible calibration force over three orders of magnitude in the range 30 μN-3.4 mN with a deviation error of less than 2%. In the proposed approach, the electrostatic force is generated using a pair of heat sinks that is electrically charged with high voltage and engaged at a particular distance. Precise control of the high-voltage pulses applied to the calibrator produces calibration impulse bit in the range 7-340 μNs. The calibrator is used to tune a torsional thrust stand that performs measurements of constant and impulsive force from any micropropulsion system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7273878
Pages (from-to)3467-3475
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement
Volume64
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Electrostatic
  • micronewton
  • satellite micropropulsion
  • thrust stand

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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