Design of a Percussion and Electric Primer Gun Firing Power Supply

Report No. ARL-TR-6987
Authors: Peter T. Bartkowski
Date/Pages: July 2014; 30 pages
Abstract: The U.S. Army Research Laboratory has designed and built a new power supply to fire laboratory guns in support of armor research. The new power supply is specifically designed to drive a solenoid into a percussion primer or ignite the M52A3B1 electric primer. To reduce power requirements, it uses charged capacitor banks to drive the solenoid or ignite the primer. This report details the design and construction of the power supplies.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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