Accession Number:

ADA234944

Title:

Rail Circuit Augmentation

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY ARMAMENT RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER PICATINNY ARSENAL NJ FIRE SUPPORT ARMAMENT CENTER

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

17.0

Abstract:

A concept for an augmented railgun barrel and integrated projectile armature system is presented. The system makes use of the rail geometry to expose the augmenting rails to the bore, and incorporates dual tandem armatures in the launch package. Benefits include reduced current and power required to launch a given mass and a modest reduction in sabot mass due to creation of multiple tension and compression regions resulting from the use of dual armatures. Radial and axial plasma confinement techniques may be required to take advantage to system benefits. Application to an antiarmor mission is proposed.

Subject Categories:

  • Electric Power Production and Distribution
  • Directed Energy Weapons
  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE