Development of a Pulsed High Current Facility for Accelerating Metal Foils for Hydrodynamic Materials Testing
N. Graneau and K. Omar
AWE, Aldermaston, Berkshire, RG7 4PR, UK
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A new pulsed power machine to be called AMPERE is currently under development at AWE. Its initial use will be as a metallic foil accelerator for the specific purpose of applying large impulses (>300 Pa s) and pressures (>450 G Pa) to a target for material property testing. The critical circuit features are described and a computer model has been written to predict the expected machine performance. Future uses of this facility for driving further hydrodynamic experimentation are also discussed.
DOI: 10.12693/APhysPolA.115.1086
PACS numbers: 84.70.+p, 84.30.Ng, 62.50.Ef