Accession Number:

AD0260770

Title:

THE ATOMIC-HYDROGEN GUN

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Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

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Report Date:

1961-07-05

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

Calculations are presented which indicate that light-gas guns powered by electrical discharges may be expecte to ac ieve substantially higher projectile velocities than may be obtained by any present laboratory gun. The thermodynamic properties of compressed, high-temperature hydrogen are calculated and presented, and it is found that for isentropic expansions in a region representative f gun operation, the gas closely follows an equation of state, even though considerable dissociation occurs. For the same gun parameter and gas temperature, hydrogen was found to give uch higher muzzle velocities than helium. Using values commensurate with he current state of the art, it was estimated that such a gun could deliver about 10 kmsec and would have a large potential for future improvement. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE