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Title: Atlas Pulsed Power Facility for High Energy Density Physics Experiments

Abstract

The Atlas facility, now under construction at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), will provide a unique capability for performing high-energy-density experiments in support of weapon-physics and basic-research programs. It is intended to be an international user facility, providing opportunities for researchers from national laboratories and academic institutions around the world. Emphasizing institutions around the world. Emphasizing hydrodynamic experiments, Atlas will provide the capability for achieving steady shock pressures exceeding 10-Mbar in a volume of several cubic centimeters. In addition, the kinetic energy associated with solid liner implosion velocities exceeding 12 km/s is sufficient to drive dense, hydrodynamic targets into the ionized regime, permitting the study of complex issues associated with strongly-coupled plasmas. The primary element of Atlas is a 23-MJ capacitor bank, comprised of 96 separate Marx generators housed in 12 separate oil-filled tanks, surrounding a central target chamber. Each tank will house two, independently-removable maintenance units, with each maintenance unit consisting of four Marx modules. Each Marx module has four capacitors that can each be charged to a maximum of 60 kilovolts. When railgap switches are triggered, the marx modules erect to a maximum of 240 kV. The parallel discharge of these 96 Marx modules will deliver a 30-MAmore » current pulse with a 4-5-{micro}s risetime to a cylindrical, imploding liner via 24 vertical, tri-plate, oil-insulated transmission lines. An experimental program for testing and certifying all Marx and transmission line components has been completed. A complete maintenance module and its associated transmission line (the First Article) are now under construction and testing. The current Atlas schedule calls for construction of the machine to be complete by August, 2000. Acceptance testing is scheduled to begin in November, 2000, leading to initial operations in January, 2001.« less

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Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab., NM (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Defense Programs (DP) (US)
OSTI Identifier:
759106
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-99-3062
TRN: US0004296
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Pulse Power, Monterey, CA (US), 06/1999; Other Information: PBD: 7 Jun 1999
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; CAPACITIVE ENERGY STORAGE EQUIPMENT; CONSTRUCTION; HYDRODYNAMICS; IMPLOSIONS; LANL; LINERS; MARX GENERATORS; POWER TRANSMISSION LINES; TARGET CHAMBERS; PERFORMANCE TESTING

Citation Formats

Miller, R B, Ballard, E O, Barr, G W, Bowman, D W, Chochrane, J C, Davis, H A, Elizondo, J M, Gribble, R F, Griego, J R, Hicks, R D, Hinckley, W B, Hosack, K W, Nielsen, K E, Parker, J V, Parsons, M O, Rickets, R L, Salazar, H R, Sanchez, P G, Scudder, D W, Shapiro, C, Thompson, M C, Trainor, R J, Valdez, G A, Vigil, B N, Watt, R G, and Wysock, F J. Atlas Pulsed Power Facility for High Energy Density Physics Experiments. United States: N. p., 1999. Web.
Miller, R B, Ballard, E O, Barr, G W, Bowman, D W, Chochrane, J C, Davis, H A, Elizondo, J M, Gribble, R F, Griego, J R, Hicks, R D, Hinckley, W B, Hosack, K W, Nielsen, K E, Parker, J V, Parsons, M O, Rickets, R L, Salazar, H R, Sanchez, P G, Scudder, D W, Shapiro, C, Thompson, M C, Trainor, R J, Valdez, G A, Vigil, B N, Watt, R G, & Wysock, F J. Atlas Pulsed Power Facility for High Energy Density Physics Experiments. United States.
Miller, R B, Ballard, E O, Barr, G W, Bowman, D W, Chochrane, J C, Davis, H A, Elizondo, J M, Gribble, R F, Griego, J R, Hicks, R D, Hinckley, W B, Hosack, K W, Nielsen, K E, Parker, J V, Parsons, M O, Rickets, R L, Salazar, H R, Sanchez, P G, Scudder, D W, Shapiro, C, Thompson, M C, Trainor, R J, Valdez, G A, Vigil, B N, Watt, R G, and Wysock, F J. Mon . "Atlas Pulsed Power Facility for High Energy Density Physics Experiments". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/759106.
@article{osti_759106,
title = {Atlas Pulsed Power Facility for High Energy Density Physics Experiments},
author = {Miller, R B and Ballard, E O and Barr, G W and Bowman, D W and Chochrane, J C and Davis, H A and Elizondo, J M and Gribble, R F and Griego, J R and Hicks, R D and Hinckley, W B and Hosack, K W and Nielsen, K E and Parker, J V and Parsons, M O and Rickets, R L and Salazar, H R and Sanchez, P G and Scudder, D W and Shapiro, C and Thompson, M C and Trainor, R J and Valdez, G A and Vigil, B N and Watt, R G and Wysock, F J},
abstractNote = {The Atlas facility, now under construction at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), will provide a unique capability for performing high-energy-density experiments in support of weapon-physics and basic-research programs. It is intended to be an international user facility, providing opportunities for researchers from national laboratories and academic institutions around the world. Emphasizing institutions around the world. Emphasizing hydrodynamic experiments, Atlas will provide the capability for achieving steady shock pressures exceeding 10-Mbar in a volume of several cubic centimeters. In addition, the kinetic energy associated with solid liner implosion velocities exceeding 12 km/s is sufficient to drive dense, hydrodynamic targets into the ionized regime, permitting the study of complex issues associated with strongly-coupled plasmas. The primary element of Atlas is a 23-MJ capacitor bank, comprised of 96 separate Marx generators housed in 12 separate oil-filled tanks, surrounding a central target chamber. Each tank will house two, independently-removable maintenance units, with each maintenance unit consisting of four Marx modules. Each Marx module has four capacitors that can each be charged to a maximum of 60 kilovolts. When railgap switches are triggered, the marx modules erect to a maximum of 240 kV. The parallel discharge of these 96 Marx modules will deliver a 30-MA current pulse with a 4-5-{micro}s risetime to a cylindrical, imploding liner via 24 vertical, tri-plate, oil-insulated transmission lines. An experimental program for testing and certifying all Marx and transmission line components has been completed. A complete maintenance module and its associated transmission line (the First Article) are now under construction and testing. The current Atlas schedule calls for construction of the machine to be complete by August, 2000. Acceptance testing is scheduled to begin in November, 2000, leading to initial operations in January, 2001.},
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