Hypervelocity Electromagnetic Gun Development at CEM-UT
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Interest in railguns at the Center for Electromechanics at The University of Texas at Austin (CEM-UT) was the result of a visit to the railgun facility at the Australian National University (ANU) at Canberra in 1979. Soon after that visit the concept of a Distributed Energy Store (DES) railgun was invented and the first injected railgun was tested at CEM-UT. When railguns were introduced into the defense community in 1980, the technology started to grow in the United States. With the announcement of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), electromagnetic launcher research took another quantum step. Today CEM -UT is actively testing state-of-the-art launchers on the pulsed power supplies developed at CEM- UT over the past twelve years. In addition, CEM-UT is preparing for the future with the installation of the Balcones Homopolar Generator Power Supply and by maintaining programs in state-of-the-art rep- rated power supply development and hypervelocity launch. A detailed description of the CEM- UT facility is presented in Appendix A at the end of the text.