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Small Helical Magnetic Flux-Compression Generators: Experiments and Analysis
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2008 (English)In: IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, ISSN 0093-3813, E-ISSN 1939-9375, Vol. 36, no 5, 2673-2683 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In order to gain experience in explosive pulsed power and to provide experimental data for modeling, a small high-explosive-driven helical magnetic flux-compression generator (FCG) was designed at the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI). The generator, of which three have been built, has an overall length of 300 mm and a diameter of 70 mm. It could serve as the energy source in a pulse-forming network to generate high power pulses for various loads. This paper presents the design of, and tests with, this helical FCG. The generator had an initial inductance of 23 mu H and was operated into a load of 0.2 mu H. The generator is charged with 0.27 kg of high explosives (PBXN-5). Various types of diagnostics were used to monitor the operation of the generator, including current probes, optical fibers, and piezo gauges. With seed currents of 5.7 and 11.2 kA, final currents of 269 and 436 kA were obtained, corresponding to current amplification factors of 47 and 39. The peak of the current was reached about 30 mu s after the time of crowbar. The two generators showed only small losses in terms of 2 pi-clocking. Using signals from optical fibers, the deflection angle of the armature could be determined to be 10 degrees in good agreement with hydrodynamic simulations of the detonation process and the detonation velocity to be 8.7 km/s in agreement with tabulated value.

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2008. Vol. 36, no 5, 2673-2683 p.
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Magnetic flux-compression generators (FCGs)
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Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-106997DOI: 10.1109/TPS.2008.2003966ISI: 000261363400029OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-106997DiVA: diva2:227547
Available from: 2009-07-15 Created: 2009-07-15 Last updated: 2016-04-12Bibliographically approved

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