Evaluation of the US Army Research Laboratory Squeeze 5 Magnetic Flux Compression Generator

Report No. ARL-TR-7795
Authors: Peter Bartkowski; Paul Berning; Seth Halsey
Date/Pages: September 2016; 26 pages
Abstract: The US Army Research Laboratory has a program to develop a Magnetic Flux Compression device capable of generating a 2 mega-ampere peak output current. This report details the experimental results of the Squeeze 5 device. The objective was to improve the output current and operating efficiency over the previous Squeeze 4 device. Several different loss mechanisms were evaluated, such as magnetic field diffusion, armature cracking, high-voltage insulation, and electrical arcing.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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