Pulsed power generation using open and closed ferromagnetic circuits

Sergey I. Shkuratov, Magne Kristiansen, James C. Dickens, Lynn L. Hatfield, R. Martin

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Results are presented of an experimental study of the generation of high-voltage and high-current pulses in generators designed as open and closed ferromagnetic circuits. Experiments were carried out using a light gas gun system. The magnetic projectiles were composed of ferromagnetic disks having 1.27- and 2.54-cm diameters. It has been shown that with velocities of the magnetic projectiles of 200-380 m/s, the peak voltage of the pulses produced by the generators reach several tens of kilovolts, peak current reaches kiloampere, and the energy delivered at the load is a few Joules. Generating modules connected in series will make it possible to produce a high-energy pulse with a peak voltage of a few hundred kilovolts. It has been shown that a closed ferromagnetic circuit generator is capable of generating not only single high-voltage pulses, but also repetitive oscillations. Data are given for the effects on the amplitude of high-voltage pulses caused by the length and velocity of the ferromagnetic projectiles and the design of the generating unit for both high-voltage and high-current modes of pulsed power generation. 5> 2000 IEEE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1342-1346
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2000


  • Accelerator magnets
  • Energy conversion
  • Ferromagnetic materials
  • Pulse generation


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