An asynchronous free-running ARC, distributed energy railgun

R. Karhi, J. Mankowski, J. Dickens, M. Kristiansen

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Abstract

Experimental results comparing a breech-fed scheme and a distributed energy scheme for a free-running arc are presented. Analysis and observations of the issues associated with distributed energy switching of a plasma armature in the railgun will be explored. The use of a free running arc allows experiments to emulate a plasma armature railgun at high speeds (>5km/s) without the requirement of a large amount of stored energy. Numerous experimental tests were conducted to investigate the dynamics of plasma armatures within a distributed energy source railgun. Variations of switch timing, bore pressure, current amplitude, and current pulse length within each stage have been tested. These data are analyzed to determine the effectiveness of a distributed energy system to suppress the plasma restrike phenomenon and increase plasma armature railgun performance1.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPPPS-2007
Subtitle of host publicationPulsed Power and Plasma Science 2007, The 16th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference and The 34th IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science
Pages1805-1809
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007
EventPPPS-2007: Pulsed Power and Plasma Science 2007, The 16th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference and The 34th IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science - Albuquerque, NM, United States
Duration: Jun 17 2007Jun 22 2007

Publication series

NamePPPS-2007 - Pulsed Power Plasma Science 2007
Volume2

Conference

ConferencePPPS-2007: Pulsed Power and Plasma Science 2007, The 16th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference and The 34th IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science
CountryUnited States
CityAlbuquerque, NM
Period06/17/0706/22/07

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