Date of Award


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MS in Aerospace Engineering


Aerospace Engineering


Dr. Kira Abercromby


This thesis provides insight into the different aspects of compulsator design for use with railgun systems. Specifically, the design space is explored for passively compensated, permanent magnet iron-core compulsators. Seven design parameters are varied within a compulsator model developed for the Cal Poly Compulsator (CPCPA). The Matlab code for this model is included within the appendix. Efforts were made to compare and validate this compulsator model to published data from existing systems. The compulsator model was found to match closely with discharge pulse length, but resulted in lower values for peak current and projectile velocity by 50% and 30% respectively when compared to published data.

MacGregor Thesis Matlab (12 kB)
.zip file of Matlab code used within this paper