Medium-Caliber Gun-Launched Explosive-Driven Magnetic Flux Compression Warhead

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-06-C-0027
Agency Tracking Number: A052-020-3677
Amount: $69,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: A05-020
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
2650 East Foothill Boulevard, Pasadena, CA, 91107
DUNS: 195754056
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Emerling
 (626) 792-3000
Business Contact
 Kevin Dinniene
Title: Controller
Phone: (626) 792-3000
Research Institution
Tanner Research proposes to demonstrate how an existing one-inch diameter ferro-electric generator (FEG) device can be enhanced to develop high-powered microwaves (HPM) for use in gun-launched medium-caliber warheads. Using a linear initiator to simultaneously detonate the explosive driver over the entire armature length, in order to coincide with maximum flux density, will effectively eliminate any need to `compress' the magnetic flux to obtain HPM power output. Initiation simultaneity will significantly reduce warhead size, cost and complexity. Tanner will be teamed with Loki, Inc. and use their FEG devices as the baseline magnetic circuit hardware. Tanner will be adapting to the Loki FEG devices a battery-powered high voltage fireset (1200V) as seed power to both stimulate the magnetic flux build-up and power the linear initiator. By adding timing and switching circuitry, Tanner expects to complete a proof-of-concept device suitable for demonstration and test. The energetics and linear detonator can be added to test and evaluate the HPM power output.

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