Parametric Considerations for Inductively Driven Plasma Implosions.
AIR FORCE WEAPONS LAB KIRTLAND AFB NM
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This report explores the system aspects of driving implosion loads with inductive sources. High-speed plasma implosions represent an attractive approach to the production of an intense radiation source for use in an X-ray Effects Simulator. The nature of the implosion and the energy levels required for an X-ray Simulator make the use of inductive energy sources for driving the implosion attractive from the standpoints of both physics and economics. Parametric analysis and circuit calculations are employed to investigate the interrelation of circuit parameters storage and load inductances, load parameters mass, size, and speed, and switch parameters resistance and rise time. The results show that 25 percent inductive to kinetic efficiency is attainable with only moderate requirements placed upon the switch performance. The status of current opening switch development is reviewed, and meets the minimum requirements predicted by the analysis. Author
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics