EXPLOSIVE PARAMETERS FOR MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMIC ENERGY CONVERSION.
Final rept. 24 June 60-24 July 63,
FALCON RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CO DENVER COLO
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The explosive charge parameters related to the efficiency and utility of explosive energy sources for pulsed magnetohydrodynamic energy conversion were investigated. Experimental measurements were made of theoretically signif icant charge geometry and composition parameters. Good agreement with theory was observed and exceptionally high plasma conductivity was measured. A cavity shape, called the W cavity tending to produce a tubular conductor, was conceived and charges designed with such a cav-had a power generation capability of over 300 higher than that of charges with con ventional cavities. Author