Multistage Explosive Driven Pulsed Power
Final rept. 31 Aug 2003-31 Jul 2004
TEXAS TECH UNIV LUBBOCK DEPT OF ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
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Autonomous explosive driven pulsed power devices have a potentially large specific energy. However, the condition for the maximum possible energy output almost never coincides with the condition that would enable driving a pulsed power load effectively. Meaning, that the energy output of an explosive driven device is a very strong function of the load that the device is driving. The authors had previously investigated multiple explosive driven devices and characterized them with respect to their performance under ideal conditions. Based on this knowledge, the investigators a explored the performance limits under realistic loads, which included the redesign of existing devices and b evaluated the optimum coupling schemes of individual devices aimed towards a considerable energy multiplication from stage to stage. It was demonstrated and clarified what is required to push a few kJ of electrical energy into an inductive storage system utilizing a small few inches in diameter multistage explosive driven pulsed power system based on a helical flux compression generator.
- Electric Power Production and Distribution