Accession Number : AD0762934

Title :   Explosive Magnetohydrodynamic Program.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept. 2 Jan-1 Oct 72,

Corporate Author : HERCULES INC MAGNA UTAH BACCHUS WORKS

Personal Author(s) : Bangerter,C. D. ; West,L. R. ; Brogan,T. R. ; Sheldon,D. B. ; Stekly,Z. J. J.

Report Date : MAY 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 255

Abstract : The report is basically an analytic study with the addition of design and experimental data required to augment the study. The analysis presented is conclusive in its finding that the X-MHD is a highly versatile prime power source which can be operated without benefit of vacuum equipment in residual ambient pressure gases of various composition and at high repetition rate with various loads. At high repetition rate, the spent explosion products of a previous round are an ideal residual or purge gas. Energy conversion efficiency in excess of 10% should be attainable with optimized residual gases at ambient pressure, and 5-10% with spent explosion product residual gases at field levels currently achieveable with superconducting magnets. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   (*EXPLOSIVES, *MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMIC GENERATORS), EXPLOSIVE CHARGES, DETONATION WAVES, MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS, MAGNETIC FIELDS, SHOCK TUBES, IGNITION CIRCUITS, ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSES

Subject Categories : Electric Power Production and Distribution
      Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE