Ranchero Explosive Pulsed Power Experiments
LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LAB NM
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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.
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