Integrated Launch Package Design With Considerations for Reduced Scale Demonstration

Report No. ARL-TR-2315
Authors: Alexander E. Zielinski
Date/Pages: January 2001; 37 pages
Abstract: The design of an integrated launch package for an electromagnetic rail gun is considered. A code that incorporates analytical engineering expressions for thermal and mechanical loads was used. The armature linear current density and armature and rail pressures are used to define the range of solutions, based on mission requirements and sub-projectile criteria. Characteristics for large and reduced scale launcher and integrated launch package (ILP) solutions are presented, which are consistent with mission requirements. Additionally, a cursory examination of augmented rail guns for ILP feasibility is presented.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: January 1, 2001