Bogazici University Space Technologies Laboratory - Department of Mechanical Engineering
Mehmet Serhan Yildiz, Ph.D. Student
Murat Çelik
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Bogazici University
Bebek 34342 Istanbul, Turkey
Serhan is investigating the concept of microwave electrothermal thruster. Serhan built a prototype microwave electrothermal thruster and has carried out preliminary experimental tests.

Serhan's work has both numerical and experimental parts. Serhan has begun his research in May of 2013. However, he began studying the topic of space propulsion in February 2013.

Serhan has contributed to the following publications:

Journal Publications

Yildiz, M.S.; Celik, M. "Numerical Investigation of the Electric Field Distribution and the Power Deposition in the Resonant Cavity of a Microwave Electrothermal Thruster", AIP Advances, Volume: 7, Issue: 4, 045021, April 2017

Yildiz, M.S.; Celik, M. "Global Energy Transfer Model of a Microwave Electrothermal Thruster Operating with Helium Propellant at 2.45 GHz Frequency", IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Volume: 45, Issue: 8, pp.2314-2322, August 2017

Conference Proceedings

Yildiz, M.S., Kokal, U. and Celik, M., “Preliminary Thrust Measurement Results of the BUSTLab Microwave Electrothermal Thruster," 53rd Joint Propulsion Conference, Atlanta, GA, July 2017, also AIAA-2017-4725.

Yildiz, M.S. and Celik, M., “Experimental Performance Analysis of the BUSTLab Microwave Electrothermal Thruster," 52nd Joint Propulsion Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, July 2016, also AIAA-2016-4949.

Yildiz, M.S. and Celik, M., “Evaluation of Plasma Properties in a Microwave Electrothermal Thruster Resonant Cavity Using Two Fluid Global Model," 51st Joint Propulsion Conference, Orlando, FL, July 2015, also AIAA-2015-3926.

Yildiz, M.S. and Celik, M., "Global Energy Transfer Model of Microwave Induced Plasma in a Microwave Electrothermal Thruster Resonant Cavity," 34th International Electric Propulsion Conference, 2015, also IEPC-2015-266

Yildiz, M.S.; Unal, A.N.,: Ozkan, O.,; Koc, I. and Celik, M., "Electrothermal Propulsion System Selection for Communication Satellite NSSK Maneuver Using Multi Criteria Decision Making Method," 7th International Conference on Recent Advances in Space Technologies (RAST), vol., no., pp.511,516, 16-19 June 2015.

Yildiz, M. S., Unaldi, N. and Celik, M., “Geometry Optimization of a 2.45 GHz Microwave Electrothermal Thruster Resonant Cavity,” Space Propulsion Conference, Cologne, Germany, May, 2014, SP2014 2980822


Yildiz, M.S., “Mikrodalga Elektrotermal Itki Sistemi Tasarimi, Üretimi ve Performans Analizi," Ph.D. Thesis, HUTEN, Turkish Air Force Academy, Istanbul, Turkey, November 2016.
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