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Title: Circuit considerations for repetitive railguns

Railgun electromagnetic launchers have significant military and scientific potential. They provide direct conversion of electrical energy to projectile kinetic energy, and they offer the hope of achieving projectile velocities greatly exceeding the limits of conventional guns. With over 10 km/sec already demonstrated, railguns are attracting attention for tactical and strategic weapons systems and for scientific equation-of-state research. The full utilization of railguns will require significant improvements in every aspect of system design - projectile, barrel, and power source - to achieve operation on a large scale. This paper will review fundamental aspects of railguns, with emphasis on circuit considerations and repetitive operation.
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5627464
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-86-2043; CONF-860674-9
ON: DE86012369
DOE Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 17. power modulator symposium, Seattle, WA, USA, 23 Jun 1986; Other Information: Portions of this document are illegible in microfiche products
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab., NM (USA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; RAILGUN ACCELERATORS; ELECTRONIC CIRCUITS; ENERGY RECOVERY; PROJECTILES; ACCELERATORS; RECOVERY 420800* -- Engineering-- Electronic Circuits & Devices-- (-1989)