Magnetic traveling waves induced by mini-coils for sweeping dust of Mars solar arrays
Document typeConference report
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
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In this work consideration is given to dust removal from surface of Mars solar arrays by harnessing the magnetic properties of the dust. Here, it is speculated a possible technique by which localized and properly spaced magnetic potential wells generated by mini coils varying with time and space along the surface solar array and generating a sort of magnetic traveling wave could move magnetic dust particles step by step between the coils towards a landfill where may be disposed. The magnetic field of the coils could be generated by using the photoelectrical current of the solar array.
CitationArias, F.J. Magnetic traveling waves induced by mini-coils for sweeping dust of Mars solar arrays. A: AIAA/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference. "2018 International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum, Ohio, Cincinnati, 9-11 July 2018". American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 2018, p. 1-4.