Electro-explosive fuse optimization for helical flux compression generator using a non-explosive test bed

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

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Abstract

Helical Flux Compression Generators (HFCG) of 50 mm form factor have been shown to produce a maximum energy deposit of 3 kJ into a 3 i`H inductor from a seed current. A large dI/dt into a coupled load is possible when an electro-explosive fuse is used. Previous work with a non-optimized fuse has produced ~100 kV into a 15 U` 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 an electro-exploding fuse. In order to optimize the electro-explosive fuse design, a non-explosive test bed, which closely simulates the 45 kA HFCG output, is used. To optimize the fuse, effects of fuse material, fuse length, and fuse shape will be examined as well as the effects of various quenching materials. Additionally, to maximize the output voltage and minimize the fuse recovery time, we are optimizing the length of the fuse wire. For shorter fuse lengths, we are optimizing fuse shape as well as fuse length to find the best fuse recovery time. By optimizing the individual parameters of an electro-explosive fuse, the fuse as a whole will be optimized to produce maximum outputvoltage when used with an HFCG.

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
Pages1018-1021
Number of pages4
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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    Mccauley, D., Belt, D., Mankowski, J., Dickens, J., Neuber, A., & Kristiansen, M. (2007). Electro-explosive fuse optimization for helical flux compression generator using a non-explosive test bed. In PPPS-2007: Pulsed Power and Plasma Science 2007, The 16th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference and The 34th IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science (pp. 1018-1021). [4652362] (PPPS-2007 - Pulsed Power Plasma Science 2007; Vol. 2). https://doi.org/10.1109/PPPS.2007.4652362