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CONFINED PLASMA ARMATURE DESIGN FOR IMPROVED RAILGUN PERFORMANCE

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
9127
Program Year/Program:
1990 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
9127
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Sparta, Inc.
23041 Avenida De La Carlota, Suite 325 Laguna Hills, CA 92653
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1990
Title: CONFINED PLASMA ARMATURE DESIGN FOR IMPROVED RAILGUN PERFORMANCE
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $512,000.00
 

Abstract:

THE ARMATURE IS A CRITICAL COMPONENT OF THE RAILGUN HYPERVELOCITY ELECTROMAGNETIC SYSTEM AND PLAYS A MAJOR ROLE IN DETERMINING ITS PERFORMANCE, EFFICIENCY AND LIFETIME. CONFINED PLASMA ARMATURES APPEAR TO HAVE SIGNIFICANT POTENTIAL ADVANTAGES WITH RESPECT TO REDUCING BOREDAMAGE AND INCREASING SYSTEM EFFICIENCY COMPARED TO THE CURRENTLY STUDIED UNCONFINED PLASMA, SOLID, TRANSITIONING AND HYBRID ARMATURE CONCEPTS. THE FASIBILITY IS BEING INVESTIGATED USING A CONFINED PLASMA ARMATURE DESIGN (CPAD). THE CONCEPT IS BASED ON THE DESIGN OF A VERY HIGH STRENGTH TO WEIGHT RATIO ADVANCED COMPOSITE STRUCTURE TAILORED TO MEET THE COMPLEX THERMAL/STRUCTURAL LOADING CONDITIONS OF THE CONFINED PLASMA AND ACCELERATION FORCES. THIS PROGRAM INCLUDES MODELING THE CONFINED PLASMA TO DEFINE THE DESIGN ENVIRONMENTS; ADVANCED COMPOSITE MATERIALS EVALUATION AND SELECTION; THERMAL ANALYSIS AND DESIGN OF THE CONFINING STRUCTURE; CPAD PROTOTYPE FABRICATION; ANDAN ANALYSIS OR THE PERFORMANCE PAYOFFS OF THE CPAD CONCEPT. WHEN SUCCESSFUL, THIS RESEARCH WOULD LEAD TO HYPERVELOCITY RAILGUNS THAT OPERATE AT HIGH EFFICIENCY WITH MUCH IMPROVED BARREL LIFETIME. POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS OF CONFINED ARMATURES ARE FOUND IN IMPROVED PERFORMANCE ELECTROMAGNETIC RAILGUNS FOR STRATEGIC AND TACTICAL DEFENSE WITH COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS FOR LAUNCHING PAYLOADS INTO SPACE AND FOR MATERIALS PROCESSING.

Principal Investigator:

S N Rosenwasser
6194535349

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Sparta Inc.
1104 Camino Del Mar Del Mar, CA 92014

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