Operation of the HERA Railgun Facility at Texas Tech
Day, Phillip Michael
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The HERA Railgun Facility contains a 2 meter long, small bore railgun. Projectiles are injected into the railgun by a light gas injector (LGI). The railgun is to be used as a research tool to help understand the physics behind "velocity saturation" in railguns. Over the past two years, the railgun's power supply, controls, timing, and diagnostics have been designed and built The theory behind the various components that make up the railgun are discussed. The results from each component are also discussed. Velocity data from different projectile configurations are given and discussed.