Pulsed Power Hydrodynamics: A Discipline Offering High Precision Data for Motivating and Validating Physics Models
LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LAB NM
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The discipline of Pulsed Power Hydrodynamics is a new application of low-impedance, pulsed power technology, developed to study implosion hydrodynamics, instabilities, turbulence, and material properties in a highly precise, controllable environment at the extremes of pressure and material velocity. The discipline of pulsed power hydrodynamics arose in response to the need for economical, high-precision data to validate sophisticated numerical models used in current numerical simulations and to motivate the development of new models for future simulations. The international capability in pulsed power technology that has evolved over several decades in response to numerous other programmatic needs played a pivotal role in the development of the new discipline by enabling demonstrations of the techniques and production of introductory data long before a dedicated facility could be conceived, planned, and built.
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