Design of Pressure Vessel Cascades for Electromagnetic Launcher
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The relatively recent development of very high energy density pulsed power supplies has motivated a renewed interest in the structural design of electromagnetic launchers. Cascade design electromagnetic launcher pressure vessels offer convenient maintenance access to high wear rate components of the structure while satisfying an unusual combination of electromagnetic, strength, and preloading constraints imposed on the system designer. Analysis for design of such structures focuses on the accurate characterization of fluid-structure interaction under dynamic asymmetric loading.