OVERCOMING THE RAILGUN VELOCITY LIMIT

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 12575
Amount: $50,499.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1990
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2763 Culver Ave, Dayton, OH, 45429
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David P Bauer
 (513) 296-1806
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
ELECTROMAGNETIC RAILGUNS HAVE NOT EXCEEDED A VELOCITY LIMIT OF ABOUT 6 KM/S. NEITHER, INCREASING RAILGUN CURRENT NOR INCREASING BARREL LENGTH FOR A GIVEN PROJECTILE MASS, RESULTS IN VELOCITIES GREATER THAN 6 KM/S. WE PROPOSE TO DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF EXCEEDING 6 KM/S WITH A RAILGUN BY MODIFYING THE BARREL AND ARMATURE TO PREVENT PARSITIC SECONDARY CURRENT PATHS. ALL CURRENT WILL BE FORCED THROUGH THE ARMATURE, RESULTING IN HIGH ACCELERATION.

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