Rotating-bed reactor as a power source for EM gun applications
Electromagnetic gun applications of the Rotating Bed Reactor (RBR) are examined. The RBR is a compact (approx. 1 m/sup 3/), (up to several thousand MW(th)), high-power reactor concept, capable of producing a high-temperature (up to approx. 300/sup 0/K) gas stream with a MHD generator coupled to it, the RBR can generate electric power (up to approx. 1000 MW(e)) in the pulsed or cw modes. Three EM gun applications are investigated: a rail gun thruster for orbit transfer, a rapid-fire EM gun for point defense, and a direct ground-to-space launch. The RBR appears suitable for all applications.
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- Report Number(s):
- BNL-29350; CONF-801138-8
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- Resource Relation:
- Conference: Electromagnetic guns and launchers conference, San Diego, CA, USA, 4 Nov 1980
- Research Org:
- Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (USA)
- Country of Publication:
- United States
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