Experimental and theoretical evaluation of surface coated exploding wires

J. Stephens, A. Neuber, M. Kristiansen

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Abstract

This paper discusses the effect of surface coatings on exploding wire behavior. Three different surface coatings of different thicknesses and materials have been studied, each with a 99.99 pure silver conducting core. Experimentally, the wires are subjected to peak current densities in excess of 10 7A/cm 2 on a microsecond time scale. High Speed intensified Charge-Coupled Device (iCCD) images. A theoretical one-dimensional finite difference model has been developed to predict wire behavior and determine the mechanism(s) responsible for the deviations in behavior induced by the presence of a surface coating.

Original languageEnglish
Article number032702
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2012

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