On the design of coilguns for super-velocity launchers

A. Balikci, Z. Zabar, L. Birenbaum, D. Czarkowski

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This paper deals with the design of a super-velocity launcher with muzzle velocity up to 8 km/s. It addresses the design specifications of the linear induction section of the launcher having a 4-km/s breech velocity, and utilizing a projectile weighing 1 kg. The overall launcher is a hybrid design, using a gas gun to obtain the initial 4-km/s speed at the input to the coil launcher. The design sequence starts with the maximum temperature allowed by the sleeve material; continues by selecting the required number of sections in the barrel; the dimensions of the drive coils are determined; and our existing computer code is used to optimize the transition between the gas gun and the first section of the coil gun, and between successive sections of the barrel. The code utilizes our latest design scheme; that is, the drive coils are connected in parallel; one flywheel generator per pole is used; and all of the generators in a given section are shaft-coupled, so that they all rotate at the same speed. The design specifications are presented in this paper together with simulation results for the phase voltages, the currents, and the acceleration forces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-110
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Transactions on Magnetics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2007


  • Electromagnetic launchers
  • Hypervelocity launchers
  • Induction coil launchers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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