Accession Number : AD0431593


Title :   ANALYSIS AND TEST OF EXPLOSIVLEY DRIVEN MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMIC PULSE GENERATOR.


Descriptive Note : Final rept. June 63-Jan 64,


Corporate Author : MB ASSOCIATES SAN RAMON CALIF


Personal Author(s) : Williamson,T ; Sawle,D R ; Bosserman,Homer


Report Date : Feb 1964


Pagination or Media Count : 87


Abstract : This program has successfully demonstrated that electrical power can be generated from high explosives by magnetohydrodynamic means. One and one tenth megawatts of power were generated and supplied to an FX-1 flash tube. The low efficiency of the units produced during this project does not make them practical as generators of electrical energy. Efficiency can be improved substantially by (1) employing larger generators, and (2) by designing the load to match the generator characteristics. (Author)


Descriptors :   *MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS , *LASERS , GENERATORS , ELECTRIC POWER PRODUCTION , FEASIBILITY STUDIES , EXPLOSIVE ACTUATORS , ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSES , ENERGY CONVERSION , XENON LAMPS , DETONATION WAVES , MAGNETIC FIELDS , SWITCHING CIRCUITS , MODEL TESTS , ARMATURES , COILS , TEST METHODS , POWER SUPPLIES


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE