The efficiency of conversion of energy in an electric-discharge light-gas accelerator of bodies

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The results are given of investigation of the processes of energy transfer in a power supply-projectile system, which occur under conditions of acceleration of bodies by an electric-discharge light-gas accelerator with a caliber of 31.5 mm, and of the effect of the initial parameters of the working gas and a number of other factors on the efficiency of energy conversion. It is found that the efficiency of electric-discharge lightgas accelerator with the velocity of launching bodies ranging from 1800 to 6000 m/s is 6 to 19%; in a number of experiments, the efficiency reaches 23%.

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