Pulsed power


Pulsed power

Pulsed power is the term used to describe the science and technology of accumulating energy over a relatively long period of time and releasing it very quickly thus increasing the instantaneous power.

Overview

Steady accumulation of energy followed by its rapid release can result in the delivery of a larger amount of instantaneous power over a shorter period of time (although the total energy is the same). Energy is typically stored within electrostatic fields (capacitors), magnetic fields (inductor), as mechanical energy (using large flywheels connected to special purpose high current alternators), or as chemical energy (high-current lead-acid batteries, or explosives). By releasing the stored energy over a very short interval (a process that is called energy compression), a huge amount of peak power can be delivered to a load. For example, if one joule of energy is stored within a capacitor and then evenly released to a load over one second, the peak power delivered to the load would only be 1 watt. However, if all of the stored energy was released within one microsecond, the peak power would be one megawatt, a million times greater. Examples where pulsed power technology is commonly used include radar, particle accelerators, ultrastrong magnetic fields, fusion research, electromagnetic pulses, and high power pulsed lasers.

History

Pulsed Power was first developed during World War II for use in Radar. A massive development program, similar in scale to the Manhattan Project, was undertaken to develop radar. Radar requires short high power pulses. After the war development continued in other applications leading to the super pulsed power machines at Sandia National Laboratories.

Manufacturer

* [http://www.abb.ch/product/ap/db0003db004291/c12573e7003304adc1256ef6002b4271.aspx' ABB Pulsed Power]

ee also

* Marx generator
* Explosively pumped flux compression generator
* Compulsator
* EMP
* Z machine
* Particle accelerator
* Pulse Forming Networks (PFN's)
* "Magnet kickers"
* Electromagnetic forming
* Pinch (plasma physics)
* Thyratron
* Triggered spark gap
* Ignitron
* Crossatron
* Linear Transformer Driver
* Power (physics)


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