Secondary Arc Formation Within a Distributed Energy Railgun

@article{Karhi2008SecondaryAF,
  title={Secondary Arc Formation Within a Distributed Energy Railgun},
  author={Ryan W. Karhi and Joshua Mankowski and James Robert Dickens and Magne Kristiansen and David A. Wetz},
  journal={IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science},
  year={2008},
  volume={36},
  pages={2738-2746}
}
Experimental results comparing a breech-fed scheme and two distributed energy schemes for a free-running arc are presented. Analysis and observations of the issues associated with distributed energy switching of a plasma arc in the railgun are explored. The use of a free-running arc allows experiments to emulate the ablation and restrike phenomenon of a plasma armature railgun at high speeds (> 5 km/s) without the requirement of a large amount of stored energy. Numerous experimental tests were… CONTINUE READING

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