A flux compression generator non-explosive test bed for explosive opening switches

D. Belt, J. Mankowski, A. Neuber, J. Dickens, M. Kristiansen

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Abstract

Helical Flux Compression Generators (HFCG) of a 50 mm form factor have been shown to produce output energies on the order of ten times the seeded value and a typical deposited energy of 3 kJ into a 3 μH inductor. Our previous work with a non-optimized fuse has produced ∼ 100 kV into a 15. load, which leads into a regime relevant for High Power Microwave (HPM) systems. It is expected that ∼ 300 kV can be achieved with the present 2-stage HFCG driving an inductive storage system with electro-exploding fuse. In order to optimize the electro-explosive wire fuse, we have constructed a non-explosive test bed which simulates the HFCG output with high accuracy. We have designed and implemented a capacitor based, magnetic switching scheme to generate the near exponential rise of the HFCG. The varying inductance approach utilizes 4 stages of inductance change and is based upon a piecewise linear regression model of the HFCG waveform. The non-explosive test bed will provide a more efficient method of component testing and has demonstrated positive initial fuse results.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2006 IEEE International Power Modulator Conference, IPMC(27th Power Modulator Symposium and 2006 High Voltage Workshop)
Pages456-459
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006
Event2006 IEEE International Power Modulator Conference, IPMC(27th Power Modulator Symposium and 2006 High Voltage Workshop) - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: May 14 2006May 18 2006

Publication series

NameConference Record of the International Power Modulator Symposium and High Voltage Workshop
ISSN (Print)1076-8467

Conference

Conference2006 IEEE International Power Modulator Conference, IPMC(27th Power Modulator Symposium and 2006 High Voltage Workshop)
CountryUnited States
CityWashington, DC
Period05/14/0605/18/06

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