High-current compact FCG seed source implementing solid state switching

M. Elsayed, T. Holt, A. Young, A. Neuber, J. Dickens, M. Kristiansen, L. L. Altgilbers, A. H. Stults

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Abstract

Flux Compression Generators (FCGs) are some of the most attractive sources of single-use compact pulsed power available today due to their high energy density output and mobility. Driving FCGs requires some seed energy, which is typically provided by applying a high seed current, usually in the kilo-Ampere range for mid-sized helical FCGs. This initial current is supplied by a high-current seed source that is capable of driving an inductive load. High-current seed sources have typically been comprised of discharging large capacitors using spark-gaps and over-voltage triggering mechanisms to provide the prime power for FCGs. This paper will discuss a recent design of a self-contained (battery powered with full charge time less than 35 sec), single-use Compact Seed Source (CSS) using solid state components for the switching scheme developed at the Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics at Texas Tech University. The CSS developed is a system (0.007-m3 volume and weighing 13 lbs) capable of delivering over 250-J (∼10 kA) into a 6-μH load with a trigger energy of micro-Joules at the TTL triggering level. The newly designed solid-state switching scheme of the CSS incorporates off-the-shelf high-voltage semiconductor components that minimize system cost and size as necessary for a single-use application. An in-depth and detailed evaluation of the CSS is presented primarily focusing on the switching mechanics and experimental characterization of the solid state components used in the system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2008 IEEE International Power Modulators and High Voltage Conference, PMHVC
Pages25-28
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
Event2008 IEEE International Power Modulators and High Voltage Conference, PMHVC - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: May 27 2008May 31 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2008 IEEE International Power Modulators and High Voltage Conference, PMHVC

Conference

Conference2008 IEEE International Power Modulators and High Voltage Conference, PMHVC
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas, NV
Period05/27/0805/31/08

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