Accession Number : AD0915353

Title :   The Molecule, A Compact, High-Density, High-Precision Marx Generator.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jul 71-Jun 73,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE WEAPONS LAB KIRTLAND AFB NM

Personal Author(s) : Strickland, Daniel M. ; Heatherly, William L.

Report Date : NOV 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 83

Abstract : A Marx generator with the highest energy density ever achieved (39j/pound) is described. The unit, which operates at 2 MV in atmospheric SF6, is 2 m long, stores 18 kj and weighs, 460 pounds. The design incorporates several novel features: the stage capacitors are 100-kV plastic-cased units with a density of 100 joules per pound; grading is achieved by split grading rings; and a conductive elastomer charges and triggers the resistors. Its compactness, light weight, and atmospheric gas insulation ideally suits this Marx design for a variety of applications such as bounded-wave and radiating EMP simulators, plasma devices, laser systems, and electron-beam devices. The modular nature allows the design voltage to be increased or decreased as necessary. The unit has a demonstrated erection jitter of less than 10 nsec over a 7:1 voltage range and consequently can be precisely time-tied to test sequences or to other hardware.

Descriptors :   *PULSE GENERATORS), (*ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE SIMULATORS, (*CAPACITORS, HIGH VOLTAGE), ELECTRIC DISCHARGES, EXPLOSION EFFECTS, AIRBURST, HIGH FREQUENCY, HIGH ALTITUDE, NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS, SULFUR COMPOUNDS, SIMULATION, PRECISION, MODULAR CONSTRUCTION, RINGS, SPACERS, ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSES, WAVEFORM GENERATORS, HIGH DENSITY, RESISTORS, FLUORIDES, DIELECTRICS.

Subject Categories : Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
      Nuclear Weapons

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE