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Title: Environmental and industrial applications of pulsed power systems

Abstract

The technology base formed by the development of high peak power simulators, laser drivers, free electron lasers, and Inertial Confinement Fusion drivers from the early 60's through the late 80's is being extended to high average power short-pulse machines with the capabilities of performing new roles in environmental cleanup applications and in supporting new types of industrial manufacturing processes. Processes requiring high volume throughput and moderate dose levels, such as flue gas cleanup and food pasteurization plants, will require very high average beam power levels of hundreds of kilowatts to perhaps several megawatts. In this paper the authors briefly discuss a new class of short-pulse high average power accelerators, now operating in laboratory environments, using semiconductor and magnetic switches to achieve megavolt electron and ion beams with 10's of kiloamperes of current and average power levels in excess of 100 kW. The technology is modular, robust in concept, and appears to be suitable for extension to the megawatt power level. After a brief introduction to the technology, the paper then concentrates on specific application areas that are being explored.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. (Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States))
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6857112
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 6857112
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers); (United States)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 22:1; Journal ID: ISSN 0093-3813
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
43 PARTICLE ACCELERATORS; 01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT; 07 ISOTOPES AND RADIATION SOURCES; ACCELERATORS; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT; USES; FLUE GAS; CLEANING; IRRADIATION DEVICES; IRRADIATION PLANTS; RADICIDATION; GASEOUS WASTES; IRRADIATION; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; PASTEURIZATION; WASTES 430100* -- Particle Accelerators-- Design, Development, & Operation; 010800 -- Coal, Lignite, & Peat-- Waste Management; 070205 -- Radiation Sources-- Industrial Applications, Radiation Processing-- (1987-); 070201 -- Radiation Sources-- Design, Fabrication & Operation

Citation Formats

Neau, E.L. Environmental and industrial applications of pulsed power systems. United States: N. p., 1994. Web. doi:10.1109/27.281544.
Neau, E.L. Environmental and industrial applications of pulsed power systems. United States. doi:10.1109/27.281544.
Neau, E.L. Tue . "Environmental and industrial applications of pulsed power systems". United States. doi:10.1109/27.281544.
@article{osti_6857112,
title = {Environmental and industrial applications of pulsed power systems},
author = {Neau, E.L.},
abstractNote = {The technology base formed by the development of high peak power simulators, laser drivers, free electron lasers, and Inertial Confinement Fusion drivers from the early 60's through the late 80's is being extended to high average power short-pulse machines with the capabilities of performing new roles in environmental cleanup applications and in supporting new types of industrial manufacturing processes. Processes requiring high volume throughput and moderate dose levels, such as flue gas cleanup and food pasteurization plants, will require very high average beam power levels of hundreds of kilowatts to perhaps several megawatts. In this paper the authors briefly discuss a new class of short-pulse high average power accelerators, now operating in laboratory environments, using semiconductor and magnetic switches to achieve megavolt electron and ion beams with 10's of kiloamperes of current and average power levels in excess of 100 kW. The technology is modular, robust in concept, and appears to be suitable for extension to the megawatt power level. After a brief introduction to the technology, the paper then concentrates on specific application areas that are being explored.},
doi = {10.1109/27.281544},
journal = {IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers); (United States)},
issn = {0093-3813},
number = ,
volume = 22:1,
place = {United States},
year = {1994},
month = {2}
}