Modeling of a compulsator and railgun system

Michael Giesselmann, Don Eccleshall

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A PSpice® model for a 4-phase, 4-pole air core compulsator was created. With minor modifications it could also model the performance of other pulse alternators. In addition, models for a railgun and switching elements have been created. The models were used to evaluate the system performance of the compulsator and an attached railgun in various configurations with diode rectifiers and SCR's. The process of self-excitation of the machine was also studied. The paper is focusing on the basic theory behind the models as well as techniques for numerical implementation. In addition generic results using normalized parameters are given.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-134
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Magnetics
Issue number1 I
StatePublished - Jan 2001
Event10th Electromagnetic Launch Technology (EML) Symposium - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Apr 25 2000Apr 28 2000


  • Pulsed alternators
  • Railguns


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