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Title: Omni-directional railguns

A device is disclosed for electromagnetically accelerating projectiles. The invention features two parallel conducting circular plates, a plurality of electrode connections to both upper and lower plates, a support base, and a projectile magazine. A projectile is spring-loaded into a firing position concentrically located between the parallel plates. A voltage source is applied to the plates to cause current to flow in directions defined by selectable, discrete electrode connections on both upper and lower plates. Repulsive Lorentz forces are generated to eject the projectile in a 360 degree range of fire. 4 figs.
Inventors:
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
87761
Assignee:
SNL; SCA: 450000; PA: EDB-95:119700; SN: 95001431584
Patent Number(s):
US 5,435,225/A/
Application Number:
PAN: 8-186,067
Contract Number:
AC04-76DP00789
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 25 Jul 1995
Research Org:
AT&T Corporation
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
45 MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE; RAILGUN ACCELERATORS; DESIGN; PROJECTILES; ACCELERATION; ELECTRIC POTENTIAL; POWER SUPPLIES

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