Accession Number:

ADD019190

Title:

Method for Launching Projectiles with Hydrogen Gas.

Descriptive Note:

Patent, Filed 14 Aug 97, patented 4 Aug 98,

Corporate Author:

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1998-08-04

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:

  • Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE