Accession Number:

ADA633461

Title:

Computational Simulations of Plasma Flow Switches and Imploding Loads

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LAB NM

Report Date:

1991-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

The Procyon system in the Los Alamos Trailmaster foil implosion project is intended to produce soft x-ray radiation by delivering about 1 MJ of kinetic energy to an imploding plasma liner. The final switching stage of this system will be a Plasma Flow Switch PFS which delivers current to the cylindrical foil load. 1-D and 2-D simulations are now being conducted to examine the initiation of the PFS plasma the dynamics of the PFS and its switching efficiency the load implosion and resulting radiation output. Considered here, for the PFS and imploding load, are the effects of electrode walls, perturbations, and radiation. Comparisons with experiments using the 1.5 MJ Pegasus capacitor bank are also described.

Subject Categories:

  • Mechanics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE