Modeling and Simulation of Nonlinear Transmission Lines

Report No. ARL-TR-5062
Authors: Frank Crowne
Date/Pages: January 2010; 40 pages
Abstract: This technical report summarizes design work done for ARDEC Picatinny Arsenal from April to October 2009 as part of an effort to design and fabricate nonlinear transmission lines (NLTL) based on ferroelectric materials. These lines were intended to be key components in a compact source of high-power microwaves (HPM) that could be carried by artillery rounds and used to disrupt battlefield communications. The effort, which was begun in 2008, centered on implementing work previously done by General Atomics two decades ago. Although interrupted sporadically by changes in focus of the primary effort, the effort has progressed to a point where with proper resources it could be a valuable contribution to future HPM munitions. This TR incorporates five informal reports sent to ARDEC involving the modeling and simulation portion of the NLTL design effort, as requested by ARDEC. It will serve to document the resulting software products and to be a springboard for future design work.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: January 1, 2010