Converting Existing Copper Wire Firing System to a Fiber-Optically Controlled Firing System for Electromagnetic Pulsed Power Experiments

Report No. ARL-TN-0863
Authors: Robert Borys Jr and Colby Adams
Date/Pages: December 2017; 14 pages
Abstract: To safely conduct high-voltage pulsed-power experiments in Experimental Facility 167 (EF 167), the existing firing system needed alterations. The copper firing line of the range provided a current path from the experimental chamber to the control room, posing a risk to operators and equipment. To circumvent this hazard, the copper firing line was replaced by an optical fiber, effectively isolating the control room from electrical hazard. Implementation of the new fiber system used much of the existing resources in EF 167, making this an improvement that can be implemented in any range requiring electrical isolation with a quick turnaround and at low cost.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: December 1, 2017