DEVELOPMENT OF AN ULTRAFAST MODERATE ENERGY PULSE POWER SYSTEM.
Technical rept. Apr 62-Jul 64,
FIELD EMISSION CORP MCMINNVILLE OREG
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A unique pulse power system was constructed which generates very high energy density plasmas for the specific purpose of determining the electrical, thermodynamic and radiative properties of materials at high temperatures. Theoretical indications suggest that if a sufficiently fast rate of energy transfer is achieved, a very high temperature can be obtained even when there is only moderate stored energy about 1000 joules in the system. Therefore, the system was designed to provide a very fast rising pulse less than 8 nsec to a peak current of approximately 70,000 amperes of short duration 50 nsec for the case of a constant and matched 4.7 ohm load impedance. System design features are discussed including the parallel coupling of 15 synchronized 320 kv Marx-surge generators to an evacuatable transducer chamber by means of a multiple-input matched impedance transmission line. The developmental engineering of each of the major system components is documented, indicating the processes employed to ensure maximum system usefulness and reliability. Author
- Electrical and Electronic Equipment
- Electric Power Production and Distribution
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods