Accession Number:

ADA634380

Title:

Flux Compression Generator Development at the Air Force Research Laboratory

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORP (SAIC) ALBUQUERQUE NM

Report Date:

2005-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

The Air Force Research Laboratory AFRL maintains an extensive capability for the design, analysis, construction and testing of explosive pulsed power EPP components. Three flux compression generators FCGs were designed as part of an EPP technology development effort sponsored by AFRL and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA. A secondary-stage, high-current FCG was designed to deliver 10 MA into a nominal load inductance of 80 nH from an initial generator inductance of 1.6 microH that is seeded with 1 MA. We have also developed a coaxial FCG to deliver more than 20 MA into a 2 nH load. The initial flux in the coaxial chamber 60 nH at 1.5 MA is compressed uniformly using a copper armature, which is simultaneously initiated using a slapper detonator. Either of these two FCGs can be seeded with a third generator design a high-gain, helical FCG. This model serves as our workhorse generator capable of delivering 2 MA into a 0.5 H inductive load. It has also been operated into load inductances ranging from 0.1 to 2.0 microH with comparable flux delivery. All experiments are conducted on an explosive test range located on Kirtland Air Force Base. The design effort is supported by powerful computer modeling using CAGEN, CALE and MACH2. Design features for all three FCGs are presented in this paper with results from recent explosive tests.

Subject Categories:

  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Electromagnetic Pulses

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE