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The Electrical Specific Action to Melt of Structural Copper and Aluminum Alloys

Vanderburg, Andrew and Stefani, Francis and Sitzman, Alex and Crawford, Mark and Surls, Dwayne and Ling, Chloe and McDonald, Jason (2014) The Electrical Specific Action to Melt of Structural Copper and Aluminum Alloys. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 42 (10). pp. 3167-3172. ISSN 0093-3813. doi:10.1109/TPS.2014.2313292.

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This paper describes an exploding wire experiment to measure the electrical specific action to melt of structural alloys of copper and aluminum, including C10100, C11000, C18000, C18200, Al6061, and Al7075. These alloys, which are commonly used in railguns and other pulsed power devices, are not produced in fine wire form. Instead of wires, we developed a technique to test macroscopic samples (0.25 mm × 0.5 mm cross section) manufactured with wire electrical discharge machining. This paper includes a description of the design considerations for such macroscopic exploding wire experiments.

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Additional Information:© 2014 IEEE. Manuscript received October 9, 2013; revised February 12, 2014; accepted March 12, 2014. Date of publication April 8, 2014; date of current version October 21, 2014. This work was supported by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory under Contract W911QX-07-D-0002. The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as presenting the official policies or position, either expressed or implied, of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory or the U.S. Government unless so designated by other authorized documents. Citation of manufacturers or trade names does not constitute an official endorsement or approval of the use thereof. The U.S. Government is authorized to reproduce and distribute reprints for government purposes notwithstanding any copyright notation hereon.
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Army Research LaboratoryW911QX-07-D-0002
Subject Keywords:Al6061; Al7075; aluminum alloy; C10100; C11000; C18000; C18200; electrical action to melt; exploding wire experiment; specific action to melt
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Official Citation:Vanderburg, A.; Stefani, F.; Sitzman, A.; Crawford, M.; Surls, D.; Ling, C.; McDonald, J., "The Electrical Specific Action to Melt of Structural Copper and Aluminum Alloys," Plasma Science, IEEE Transactions on , vol.42, no.10, pp.3167,3172, Oct. 2014 doi: 10.1109/TPS.2014.2313292 URL:
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
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