Flexible Cooled Power Conductors for Electromagnetic Railguns

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-12-C-0319
Agency Tracking Number: N111-074-0945
Amount: $740,198.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N111-074
Solicitation Number: 2011.1
Small Business Information
2763 Culver Avenue, Dayton, OH, -
DUNS: 053184776
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Bauer
 Vice President
 (937) 297-3152
 dave.bauer@iap.com
Business Contact
 John Barber
Title: President
Phone: (937) 296-1806
Email: john.barber@iap.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Electromagnetic railguns are transitioning from single shot lab guns to a weapon system firing 6-12 rounds per minute. The cables that supply the railgun current from the power supply must also make this transition. In Phase 1, we designed, built, and thermally tested a flexible cooled coaxial cable for this application. In Phase II, we propose to optimize this design between the three competing factors resistive losses/coolant requirements, cable size, and flexibility. The cable system will be designed to deliver the 5-6 mega-amps required by tactical railguns. The cable terminations will be designed to integrate with the limited space allowed at the launcher for these electrical connections. Cable flexibility must accommodate the required range of motion needed for aiming and recoil survival. At the completion of Phase II, we will have validate the prototype design through thermal, repetitive pulsed electromagnetic, and recoil testing to meet the demands of the railgun mission.

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