Marx Development Project.
MAXWELL LABS INC SAN DIEGO CA
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The program requirement was for a compact, fast, highly reliable Marx generator of an advanced integrated design utilizing components such as switches and capacitors that have been optimized for these applications. A plastic-cased 45 kV, 700 joule energy storage capacitor was developed which exceeds the program goal of 99.97 probability of survival for 5,000 shots in typical Marx generator service. A matching switch with 40 kA peak current capability at 0.6 Cb charge transfer for 40,000 shots life expectancy was also developed both of these key components were extensively tested and proved. A non-folded Marx circuit, using completely graded construction and employing the novel concept of triggering each stage via a small fast Marx generator was designed. This circuit was realized, using the specialized Marx capacitor and switch hardware, as a 5.8 MV, 185 kJ fast Marx generator for practical demonstration of the design. This 6.8 microheney generator is now undergoing a full-energy test program without difficulty. The basic design is extendable with minimal effort to a wide range of energy and voltage. Author
- Electrical and Electronic Equipment
- Electric Power Production and Distribution