A 4-MJ Mobile Pulse Power Facility for Electrothermal-Chemical (ETC) Gun Applications.
Final rept. Mar 93-Jun 95,
ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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In support of advanced electric gun research in progress within the U.S. Army, a mobile pulsed power system has been developed and made operational as part of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory ARL electric gun research facility. This mobile system has a maximum energy storage capability of 4 Mi, and it can deliver gigawatt levels of pulsed power over time periods of several milliseconds. The configuration of the system is that of a pulse-forming network PFN that is comprised of a bank of 80 high-energy capacitors, pulse-shaping inductors, switches and other electronic components which are designed to provide a variety of pulsed power profiles for electric propulsion research. The prime power for the PFN consists of a 1-MW diesel generator interconnected with a 27-kV constant voltage power supply. The system is controlled and monitored with electronic instrumentation from a remote control station which makes use of optical fiber signal transmission techniques. Recently acquired experimental pulsed power data from the facility are presented and discussed.