Accession Number : ADA313134

Title :   Design and Construction of a One Meter Electromagnetic Railgun.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Beach, Fred C.

PDF Url : ADA313134

Report Date : JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 59

Abstract : The acceleration of projectiles through the use of electromagnetic forces (Railguns) has many advantages over conventional methods. Foremost are the higher velocities which can be achieved and the reduction in firing platform sesitivity to hits. Projectile velocities on the order of 3-4 kilometers per second allow the use of 'kinetic energy kill' projectiles which are effectively inert munitions. Additionally, by using purely electromotive force for the acceleration, the need for explosive propellents is eliminated. A one meter Electromagnetic Railgun was designed and constructed to serve as a test bed for research into alternative armature materials, rail/armature plasma effects, and current pulse forming techniques. A modular approach was used to allow independent changes in power supply, pulse forming network, bore configuration, and gun augmentation.

Descriptors :   *ELECTROMAGNETIC GUNS, VELOCITY, TEST BEDS, KILL PROBABILITIES, NETWORKS, MATERIALS, ACCELERATION, ARMATURES, PLASMAS(PHYSICS), PROJECTILES, RAILS, AUGMENTATION, VOLTAGE, MODULAR CONSTRUCTION, EXPLOSIVES, PROPELLANTS, PLATFORMS, ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION, CONFIGURATIONS, AMMUNITION, POWER SUPPLIES, KINETICS, INERT MATERIALS, KINETIC ENERGY PROJECTILES, ELECTROMAGNETISM, FORCE(MECHANICS), BORES.

Subject Categories : Guns

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE