The aim of these
prototypes is to further the understanding of multistage coilgun systems. Raw
muzzle speed is not the de facto consideration here. I'm more interested in developing
reliable and accurate energy management in coilguns, the speed can come when I've
learned enough to apply high energy discharges effectively.
Stage Optically Triggered Prototype -
This is an old
design which was partially completed years ago. Each coil is wound on its own
former which can be removed from the accelerator allowing it to be fully disassembled.
It was originally intended to be the core component of an electromagnetic pulse
rifle. Due to recent developments in the understanding of the theoretical aspects
of coilguns, its main purpose now lies in the investigation of multistage optical
triggering, covering areas such as triggering accuracy and reliability.
Status - Under Construction.
Stage Induced Voltage Trigger Prototype -
This coilgun design
is built around a 13mm diameter slotted stainless steel accelerator tube. Each
stage consists of a drive coil measuring 25mm long by 38mm outside diameter by
14mm inside diameter. A sensor coil is wound co-axially around the drive coil.
This prototype will be the proving ground for multistage induced voltage triggering
Status - Preliminary Design and Construction.
Pistol CS-P01A -
As a stepping stone
towards the rifle model I've decided to design and build an optically triggered
3 stage pistol. This will provide some useful design and construction experience
and should be quite good fun when it's finally finished.
Status - Final Design and Construction.
Rifle CS-M01A -
This rifle prototype
will incorporate the latest developments in coilgun technology. It will utilise
an induced voltage sensing system.
Status - Preliminary Design.