An Overview of the Mechanical Design of the Atlas Pulsed Power Machine
LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LAB NM
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Atlas is a pulsed-power facility being designed at Los Alamos National Laboratory to perform high-energy density experiments in support of Science-Based Stockpile Stewardship and basic research programs. Atlas will consist of 24 individual maintenance units, each consisting of 4 240-kV Marx units. Maintenance units are contained in large oil tanks arrayed in a circle about a central target chamber. Total stored energy of the capacitor bank will be 23 MJ. Maintenance units will discharge through an output shorting switch into a vertical tri-plate transmission line, and from there into a transition areacollector inside a large vacuum chamber. An overview of mechanical design aspects of the Atlas machine is presented. These include Maintenance unit design and design of the tri-plate transmission line and transition region. Findings from fabrication and testing of prototype systems will be discussed.
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