Performance of a dual-stage helical flux compression generator under varying background gas and pressure

M. Elsayed, A. Neuber, C. Lynn, J. Korn, C. Anderson, A. Young, J. Dickens, M. Kristiansen, L. Altgilbers

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Abstract

Recent efforts at the center for pulsed power and power electronics at texas tech university have been focused on the development of a compact and explosively driven high power microwave, HPM, system. the primary energy source (other than the seed energy source) driving the microwave load in this system is a mid-sized, dual-stage helical flux compression generator, HFCG. the HFCG has a constant stator inner diameter of 7.6 cm, a length of 26 cm, with a working volume of 890 cm3. testing at the Center has revealed energy gains in the 30's and 40's with output energy levels in the kilo-joules regime into loads of several micro-Henries. Over the last few years, close to one hundred shots have been taken with these generators into various loads consisting of dummy inductive loads, power conditioning systems, and HPM sources. Throughout these tests, the working volume of the HFCG, i.e. the volume in between the wire stator and the explosive-filled aluminum armature, was filled with SF 6 at atmospheric pressure. This was primarily done do avoid electrical breakdown in the generator volume during operation, resulting in flux loss. Recent design updates enable pressurizing the generator volume to pressures up to 0.5 MPa, which is needed, for instance, to replace the SF 6 with other gases such as air or nitrogen. The performance of the dual-stage HFCG with pressurized working volume (SF6 and N 2) is presented in this paper along with an analysis of the maximum electric field amplitude held off in the volume during operation. The design technique to seal the HFCG will also be briefly discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2010 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference, IPMHVC 2010
Pages82-85
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Event2010 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference, IPMHVC 2010 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: May 23 2010May 27 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2010 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference, IPMHVC 2010

Conference

Conference2010 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference, IPMHVC 2010
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA
Period05/23/1005/27/10

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