Accession Number:

ADA611491

Title:

Ranchero Explosive Pulsed Power Experiments

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LAB NM

Report Date:

1999-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

4.0

Abstract:

We are developing the Ranchero high explosive pulsed power HEPP system to power cylindrically imploding solid-density liners for hydrodynamics experiments. Our near-term goal is to conduct experiments in the regime pertinent to the Atlas capacitor bank. That is, we will attempt to implode liners of 50 g mass at velocities approaching 15 kmset. The basic building block of the HEPP system is a coaxial generator with a 304.8 mm diameter stator, and an initial armature diameter of 152 mm. The armature is expanded by a high explosive HE charge detonated simultaneously along its axis. We have reported a variety of experiments conducted with generator modules 43 cm long and have presented an initial design for hydrodynamic liner experiments. In this paper we give a synopsis of our first system test, and a status report on the development of a generator module that is 1.4 m long.

Subject Categories:

  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment
  • Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE