SYRINX project: first results on a 160kJ, 700ns fast MARX module

F. Lassalle, G. Avrillaud, F. Bayol, B. Cassany, A. Foussat, F. Kovacs, R. Lample, J. F. Leon, P. Monjaux, A. Morell, B. Roques, R. Vezinet, B. Kovalchuk

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    This work is part of technological developments carried out within SYRINX project in order to implement future multi megajoules drivers, using multi module Inductive Energy Storage (IES) concept. One of the two 640kJ IES modules developed for that purpose requires a compact, sub-microsecond MARX generator. This paper presents first results on a 10 stages, one capacitor per stage Marx module whose parameters are as follows: 90kV charging voltage, 160kJ stored energy, 670nH internal inductance, 470kA peak current, and a 700ns current risetime. Specific capacitors, gas switches and connections have been developed in the scope to reach stringent requirements in terms of low inductance value, high current switching, voltage insulation and reliability. Performances of those components and of the complete Marx including erection process and voltage and current diagnostics for various loads (short circuit, 0.5Ω and 2.1Ω resistances) are presented. Those results are correlated with numerical simulations using the circuit analysis code PSPICE.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDigest of Technical Papers-IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference
    EditorsG. Cooperstein, I. Vitkovitsky
    Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ, United States
    Number of pages9
    Publication statusPublished - 1997
    EventProceedings of the 1997 11th International Pulsed Power Conference. Part 2 (of 2) - Baltimore, MD, USA
    Duration: 29 Jun 19972 Jul 1997


    OtherProceedings of the 1997 11th International Pulsed Power Conference. Part 2 (of 2)
    CityBaltimore, MD, USA

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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