Pulsed Power Accelerators at CEM-UT
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An overview of four accelerator programs utilizing pulsed power is presented. The goals of each project, a description of the power supplies and launchers utilized and test results from each program are provided. The four projects presented illustrate a variety of uses for electromagnetic (EM) launchers and the potential advantages and disadvantages of four different launcher systems. Included in the paper are micrometeorite impact studies of 50 to 500 μm diameter glass beads accelerated up to 11 km/s with plasma armatures and 2.5- kg solid armature packages launched at 2.6 km/s (a record 8.1 MJ of muzzle energy). A compact rep-rateable augmented rail launcher and compulsator system weighing less than 1,100 kg is also described. Finally a skid mounted rep-rateable launcher system capable of providing 9 MJ of muzzle energy is discussed.