Launching of Flat Plates with a Single Stage Reconnection Gun
ARMY BALLISTIC RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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A magnetic coil with a square air core was constructed to launch metal plates edge-on. The final velocities of aluminum plates that differ in thickness were measured by using break wires. In addition, the position of an aluminum plate was determined by optical means as it was being launched. These results were compared to the predictions of a simple mathematical model.