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Integral Formulation of the Problem of Current Distribution in Compulsator Wires of Electromagnetic Launchers and Railguns

Sheshadril, Karthik and Ramesh, N and Pranesachar, Chudamani R and Sharma, SC (2009) Integral Formulation of the Problem of Current Distribution in Compulsator Wires of Electromagnetic Launchers and Railguns. In: IEEE Transactions On Magnetics, 45 (1, Par). pp. 550-554.

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Abstract

Compulsators are power sources of choice for use in electromagnetic launchers and railguns. These devices hold the promise of reducing unit costs of payload to orbit. In an earlier work, the author had calculated the current distribution in compulsator wires by considering the wire to be split into a finite number of separate wires. The present work develops an integral formulation of the problem of current distribution in compulsator wires which leads to an integrodifferential equation. Analytical solutions, including those for the integration constants, are obtained in closed form. The analytical solutions present a much clearer picture of the effect of various input parameters on the cross-sectional current distribution and point to ways in which the desired current density distribution can be achieved. Results are graphically presented and discussed, with particular reference to a 50-kJ compulsator in Bangalore. Finite-element analysis supports the results.

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Keywords: Compulsators;electromagnetic launchers and railguns;integral formulation;transient current distribution
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering (Formerly, Aeronautical Engineering)
Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Mathematics
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2009 11:44
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2011 11:08
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/19487

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