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Title: A compulsator driven rapid-fire EM-gun

A compulsator-driven railgun is an attractive alternative to the homopolar generator-inductor-switch configuration, especially for repetitive duty. A conceptual design of a rapid-fire EM-gun system is presented. The generator is sized to accelerate a 0.08-kg projectile to 2 to 3 km/s at a 60 pulse-per-second repetition rate. Initial design parameters are discussed, and example current and velocity waveforms are given. The generator is discharged at the proper phase angle to provide a current zero just as the projectile exits the muzzle of the railgun.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6430710
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: IEEE Trans. Magn.; (United States); Journal Volume: MAG-20:2
Research Org:
Center for Electromechanics, The Univ. of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; RAILGUN ACCELERATORS; DESIGN; PROJECTILES; PULSES; SWITCHES; VELOCITY; ACCELERATORS; ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT; EQUIPMENT 700208* -- Fusion Power Plant Technology-- Inertial Confinement Technology