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Development Of Railgun Diagnostics
Author(s): M C Baker; B D Barrett; W C Nunnally; N Roderick; M Shahinpoor; J E Thompson; S Goldsmith
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Paper Abstract

A railgun simulator has been constructed at UTA that is capable of producing a high current, moving plasma armature. The railgun simulator may be fired tens of times per day in order to provide large amounts of data on plasma armature parameters. The high repetition rate allows for the development of diagnostic techniques that may be applied to railguns. The device at UTA has been used to test and develop techniques for acquiring and interpreting optical data, to measure the amount of optical laser transmission through the plasma, and to measure the plasma velocity. A new experimental chamber has been constructed that will greatly enhance the flexibility of the device, and allow for further plasma studies and diagnostics development.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 May 1988
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0872, Propulsion, (9 May 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.943738
Show Author Affiliations
M C Baker, The University of Texas at Arlington (United States)
B D Barrett, The University of Texas at Arlington (United States)
W C Nunnally, The University of Texas at Arlington (United States)
N Roderick, University of New Mexico (United States)
M Shahinpoor, University of New Mexico (United States)
J E Thompson, University of New Mexico (United States)
S Goldsmith, Tel Aviv University (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0872:
Joseph Flanagan, Editor(s)

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