Measurement and evaluation of the effect of fuse materials and masses on railgun performance

Mary C. Baker, Mark R. Tanner

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Abstract

The HERA railgun device at Texas Tech University has been used to investigate the effects of armature fuses on plasma armature railguns. The fuse mass (thickness) was varied for both copper and aluminum fuses over a range of 0.1 mm to 1.5 mm in a 1 cm round bore geometry. Armature velocity and velocity saturation effects were observed. While holding railgun current and total projectile mass constant the fuse mass and material were varied. This paper will present the current findings from the research, including representative data on velocity vs. fuse material and mass, and velocity saturation. The experimental setup and methods will also be described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170
Number of pages1
JournalIEEE International Conference on Plasma Science
StatePublished - 1994
EventProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science - Santa Fe, NM, USA
Duration: Jun 6 1994Jun 8 1994

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