The performance of rod array triggered vacuum gap (RATVG) switches and their potential for solving switching problems in EM launcher are discussed. A new mode of operation for the RATVG switch is proposed. Fundamental considerations for the operation of opening switches and their associated tranfer circuits are presented. Methods of recovering the railgun's inductive energy to enable efficient repetitive operation are discussed and new circuits with such capability are proposed.
NASA STI/Recon Technical Report N
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- Electric Bridges;
- Energy Conversion;
- Railgun Accelerators;
- Electronics and Electrical Engineering