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How to Build a Resistojet?

  1. Jun 2, 2011 #1
    Can I build a resistojet? How?
    I am in tenth grade and I want to make it for Science Fair.
    A resistojet takes a non-reactive fluid, heats it up using a filament and electricity. The fluid is heated and shot out of a nozzle. Can something like this be built? Can you guys give me some advice? The thrust is small but it is high efficiency, usually for spacecraft propulsion.
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  3. Jun 2, 2011 #2


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    Even better, you can buy one! See link:
    http://microsat.sm.bmstu.ru/e-library/SSTL/Subsys_NitrousRJet_HQ.pdf [Broken]
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  4. Jun 3, 2011 #3


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    Resistojets have been around since the 1950s.

    For examples see - http://www.lr.tudelft.nl/en/organisation/departments-and-chairs/space-engineering/space-systems-engineering/expertise-areas/space-propulsion/propulsion-research/thermal-thrusters/water-resistojet/hoole-design/ [Broken]


    [url]http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19710012179_1971012179.pdf[/url] (2.4 MB, use 'save taget as')
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  5. Jun 7, 2011 #4
    Seems like a sophisticated put put boat design....
  6. Jun 7, 2011 #5
    Okay thanks for telling me how incredibly easy this is.
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