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A mechanical connector design for high-current, high-Coulomb pulsed power systems

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3 Author(s)
A. R. Susoeff ; Lawrence Livermore Nat. Lab., CA, USA ; R. S. Hawke ; K. S. Leighton

A technique to make reliable high-current, high-Coulomb electrical contact was developed for transmitting power into railguns. The method uses spring-loaded removable connectors that are installed independently from the launcher. The simple rod-type design and absence of fastener holes allow maximum utilization of material mechanical properties. Repeated experiments with 9.5 mm diameter connectors demonstrated reliable pulsed charge transfer of 200 C at currents of over 400 kA

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IEEE Transactions on Magnetics  (Volume:29 ,  Issue: 1 )