Accession Number:

ADD018945

Title:

Method for Launching Projectiles with Hydrogen Gas

Descriptive Note:

Patent, Filed 27 May 88, patented 27 Jan 98

Corporate Author:

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1998-01-27

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

A method for propelling a projectile by applying a high power pulse of electrical current to a metal fuel element of Al. Al-Li. or Al-Mg causing the element to explode dispersing molten metal fuel into water with which it reacts to rapidly generate hydrogen gas at high pressure the hydrogen gas is used to push the projectile. After the peak current is reached. an inductive electrical energy source drives the electrical current into the molten metal fuelwater mixture thus driving the reaction to completion.

Subject Categories:

  • Ballistics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE