Open Loop Pulse Triggering Results

Coil D

Looking at the data on coil D we find that the wire diameter is 1.5mm. Using a wire current of 160A results in a wire current density of 90.5Amm-2 and a coil current density of 71.1Amm-2. These current densities are larger than those in any of the previous coils.


Fig 1. Coil current during dry firing


Fig 2. Projectile interaction with coil


Fig 3. Solid projectile speed and energy data


Fig 4. 4mm cored projectile speed and energy data


Fig 5. 6mm cored projectile speed and energy data


Fig 6. Projectile speed comparison


Coil Efficiency

Table 1 shows the tabulated efficiency data.


Peak Power (W)
Conduction Loss (mJ)

Commutating Loss (mJ)

Total Loss (mJ)
Kinetic Energy (mJ)
Efficiency (%)
Solid No.1
3.550E+3 +/- 7.5E+1
8.02E+2 +/- 1.5E+1
3.01E+0 +/-6E-2
4mm Cored No.1
3.550E+3 +/- 7.5E+1
7.13E+2 +/- 1.5E+1
2.81E+0 +/-6E-2
6mm Cored No.1
3.550E+3 +/- 7.5E+1
5.81E+2 +/- 1.5E+1
2.53E+0 +/- 7E-2

Table 1. Energy and efficiency data


The peak power has now reached four times that of coil A. 3.5kW may seem like a lot but a supersonic coilgun will probably run with a peak power of the order of 100's of KW. Looking at the efficiency data there seems to be a pattern in which the solid projectile yields the greatest efficiency although it is always the slowest. The speed pattern is evident with all the coils. The efficiency pattern started to appear with coil C and may be an artifact of the more powerful coils although drawing conclusions from a small data set is generally not a good idea. The next section looks at the differences between the coils in a little more detail




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