Accession Number : ADA291265
Title : Trade-Offs in Performance Enhancement of Solid-Propellant (SP) Electrothermal-Chemical Guns.
Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jan-Dec 93,
Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
Personal Author(s) : Tran, Phuong ; Wren, Gloria
Report Date : FEB 1995
Pagination or Media Count : 63
Abstract : The design of a solid-propellant electrothermal-chemical (SPETC) gun includes a number of choices for propellant and electrical energy. The trade-offs inherent in the choices affect the maximum pressure and muzzle velocity as well as pulse power size. Three questions of interest are addressed theoretically in this paper: (1) Is the optimal web determined from a conventional, optimal, solid-propellant (SP) calculation altered by the addition of electrical energy? (2) Are there trade-offs between power and energy, and, hence, pulse power size, to attain equivalent performance? (3) Can grain progressivity and post-maximum-pressure (post-Pmax) plasma energy injection work together to optimize gun performance at higher loading densities?
Descriptors : *CHEMICALS , *POWER SUPPLIES , *ELECTRIC GUNS , DENSITY , INJECTION , OPTIMIZATION , SIZES(DIMENSIONS) , PLASMAS(PHYSICS) , ENERGY , PULSES , ELECTRICITY , PRESSURE , POWER , GUNS , SOLID PROPELLANTS , WEBS(SHEETS) , MUZZLE VELOCITY.
Subject Categories : GUNS
ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE