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Abstract

Culham Laboratory is the UK Centre for Nuclear Fusion and Plasma Physics Research and also undertakes contract research in the fields of electrotechnology, particle beams, lasers, space, defence and lightning simulation. This paper reviews the Pulsed Power systems and the experimental facilities at Culham such as fast high current switching of multi-megajoule energy storage systems; modulated HV power systems for plasma heating applications (160 kV, 16 MW) and the Lightning Studies Unit. Current studies include theoretical and experimental studies on Compulsators and Electromagnetic Launchers. Future experimental facilities are being considered for high performance, repetitive switching systems and high energy storage (sim 50 MJ) for Electromagnetic Launchers based on the use of existing HV DC (160 kV 16 MW) and high current DC (100 kA, 30 MW) Power Supplies.

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Authors: JAMES T E, CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON, UK;GRAY J W, CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON, UK;KEAR M J CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON, UK, CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON, UK
Bibliographic Reference: REPORT CLM-P823, 1987, AVAILABILITY: UKAEA, ABINGDON, UK
Record Number: 1989126081700 / Last updated on: 1989-05-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en
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