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Fast electromagnetic launchers

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2 Author(s)
T. Gora ; U.S. Army Armaments Research and Development Command, Dover, N.J. ; P. Kemmey

A general discussion of the form of the force equation for fast electromagnetic launchers, and of their energetics, is presented. It suggests that a class of launch devices whose total inductance decrease during the launch cycle has a number of attractive features, especially the potential for high electrical-to-mechanical energy conversion efficiency. Examples of specific launcher concepts in this class are given.

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IEEE Transactions on Magnetics  (Volume:19 ,  Issue: 4 )