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A computational model of exploding metallic fuses for multimegajoule switching

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6 Author(s)
Lindemuth, I.R. ; Thermonuclear Applications Group, Applied Theoretical Physics Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 ; Brownell, John H. ; Greene, Arthur E. ; Nickel, George H.
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A new model for determining the time‐dependent behavior of exploding metallic fuses is formulated. The model draws on an atomic data base and gives insight into the temporal behavior of the material density and temperature of the fuse as well as the nonlinear electrical circuit interaction. The model includes an embedding insulating tamper and leads to a plausible explanation of fuse ‘‘restrike.’’ The model predicts time‐scale compression of 500 for inductive store systems powered by explosive driven magnetic flux compression generators. A scenario for achieving multimegajoule foil implosions is predicted.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:57 ,  Issue: 9 )

Date of Publication:

May 1985

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