Accession Number : ADA317939

Title :   Possible Uses for Phillips Laboratory MHD Generator.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Oct 94-30 Aug 95,

Corporate Author : PHILLIPS LAB KIRTLAND AFB NM

Personal Author(s) : Turchi, Peter J.

PDF Url : ADA317939

Report Date : AUG 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 25

Abstract : There is interest in electromagnetic energy sources for applications to directed energy weapons. Candidates include portable conventional rotating machinery electric generators, magnetic flux compression generators (aka explosive generators, magnetocumulative generators or MCGs) based on explosive action, and magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) generators using chemical energy of explosives or rocket propellants. For portable high energy MHD generators, US technology base appeared to need rescue. The US has received a MHD device in the PAMlR-3U, developed in the former Soviet Union. The present discussion considers uses of this generator for programs on high-power microwave systems and other directed energy concepts. Future applications will be limited by development and funding of specific technical needs. A useful next step would be detailed design of a system to charge high-voltage pulsers. This design should include comparison of single-pulse switching to achieve high-voltage from an inductive storage coil (energy storage option) vs repetitive switching at low voltage, followed by custom built transformers (direct drive option).

Descriptors :   *MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMIC GENERATORS, HIGH POWER, FLUX(RATE), MICROWAVE EQUIPMENT, PULSE GENERATORS, POWER SUPPLIES, ENERGY STORAGE, DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS, HIGH VOLTAGE, TRANSFORMERS, ELECTRONIC SWITCHING.

Subject Categories : Electric Power Production and Distribution
      Directed Energy Weapons

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE