Department - Author 1

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Electrical Engineering



Primary Advisor

Ali Shaban


This project designed, fabricated, and partially tested a compensated pulsed alternator (compulsator) to power an electromagnetic rail gun (EMRG) in a multidisciplinary team. The EMRG team includes two master’s AERO students, two senior EE students, and three senior ME students. Design of the compulsator began with research through conference and research papers. This design was changed throughout the project as system analysis and component testing exposed unforeseen system limitations. While original specifications were not met, all fabricated components but one, the stator, were completed using Cal Poly’s facilities and the project’s limited available budget. Experimental verification of calculations and system modeling were not obtained because the compulsator was fully assembled at the time of this writing, but the necessary measurements and testing procedures have been outlined.