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OVERCOMING RAILGUN PLASMA ARMATURE VELOCITY LIMIT

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
8718
Program Year/Program:
1990 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
8718
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
IAP RESEARCH, INC.
2763 Culver Avenue Dayton, OH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1990
Title: OVERCOMING RAILGUN PLASMA ARMATURE VELOCITY LIMIT
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $403,000.00
 

Abstract:

ELECTROMAGNETIC RAILGUNS EXPERIENCE A VELOCITY LIMIT AT ABOUT 6 KM/S WITH PLASMA ARMATURES. HIGHER VELOCITIES ARE NOT REGULARLY ACHIEVABLEDUE TO DELETERIOUS ENERGY ABSORPTION PLASMA PHENOMENA. AN APPROACH FOR EMPLOYING A CONFINED PLASMA IS BEING INVESTIGATED THAT IS EXPECTEDTO VIRTUALLY EMLIMINATE THE PROBLEMS OF CONVENTIONAL RAILGUN PLASMAS. THE FEASIBILITY IS BEING DETERMINED EMPLOYING A SOLID ARMATURE BODY FOR CONFINING A RAILGUN PLASMA ARAMATURE, TO OVERCOME CONVENTIONAL PLASMA ARMATURE VELOCITY LIMITS. THE KEY PARAMATERS ARE BEING DETERMINED THAT CONTROL PLASMA PROPERTIES WITHIN THE PLASMA CHANNEL. CONCEPTS AND SIZING CRITERIA ARE BEING DETERMINED FOR LOW MASS ARMATURE BODIES CAPABLE OF WITH STANDING THE PLASMA CHANNEL PRESSURES AND THE ACCELERATION STRESSES. DESIGN CRITERIA ARE BEING DEVELOPED FOR THE DIFFUSER NOZZLE. AN ARMATURE BODY IS BEING DESIGNED AND FABRICATED. SEVERAL OF THE CONFINED PLASMA ARMATURE ARE BEING CONDUCTED. THE FEASIBILITY OF THE CONFINED PLASMA ARMATURE CONCEPT IS BEING ASSESSED.WHEN SUCCESSFULLY DEMONSTRATED, HIGHER MUZZLE VELOCITIES WOULD BE ACHIEVABLE AND RAILGUN BORE EROSION WOULD BE SIGIFICANTLY REDUCED.

Principal Investigator:

David P Bauer
5132961806

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Iap Research Inc.
2763 Culver Ave Dayton, OH 45429

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No