Description: A series of four liner implosion experiments, denoted the Near Tern Liner Experiments (NTLX) was recently conducted on the Shiva Star capacitor bank at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Measurement of the driving currents in these experiments is required for postshot analysis of the liner implosion and experiments conducted in the target cylinder. A Faraday rotation measurement was fielded on Shiva Star to measure the current and compare with the current measured by a Rogowski coil technique. The Faraday rotation technique measured the 16 MA currents in these experiments with better than 1% precision. In addition, six B-dot probes were fielded at equal angles around a circle in the powerflow channel outside the liner to measure the symmetry of the liner impact on the target cylinder. The B-dot probes measure the local Idot, which has a jump when the liner impacts the target cylinder. A high-pass filter allows one to measure this jump more accurately. From the relative timing of the jump signals, the offset of the liner axis and the circularity of liner are inferred.
Date: January 1, 2001
Creator: Stokes, J. L. (John L.); Tabaka, L. J. (Leonard J.); Parker, J. V. (Jerald V.); Anderson, D. N.; Corrow, R.; Pritchett, R. et al.
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