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The rotating bed reactor as a power source for EM gun applications

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4 Author(s)
Powell, J. ; Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY ; Botts, T. ; Stickley, C. ; Meth, S.

Electromagnetic gun applications of the Rotating Bed Reactor (RBR) are examined. The RBR is a compact (∼ 1 m3), (up to several thousand MW(th)), high-power reactor concept, capable of producing a high-temperature (up tosim 3000degK) gas stream with a MHD generator coupled to it, the RBR can generate electric power (up to ∼ 1000 MW(e)) in the pulsed or cw modes. Three EM gun applications are investigated: a rail gun thruster for orbit transfer, a rapid-fire EM gun for point defense, and a direct ground-to-space launch. The RBR appears suitable for all applications.

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Magnetics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:18 ,  Issue: 1 )