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Kang, M.

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FPAT033 Numerical Model of the DARHT Accelerating Cell 2269
  • T.P. Hughes, T.C. Genoni
    ATK-MR, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • H. Davis, M. Kang, B.A. Prichard
    LANL, Los Alamos, New Mexico
  Funding: NNSA/DOE

The DARHT-2 facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory accelerates a 2 microsecond electron beam using a series of inductive accelerating cells. The cell inductance is provided by large Metglas cores, which are driven by a pulse-forming network. The original cell design was susceptible to electrical breakdown near the outer radius of the cores. We developed a numerical model for the magnetic properties of Metglas over the range of dB/dt (magnetization rate) relevant to DARHT. The model was implemented in a radially-resolved circuit code, and in the LSP* electromagnetic code. LSP simulations showed that the field stress distribution across the outer radius of the cores was highly nonuniform. This was subsequently confirmed in experiments at LBNL. The calculated temporal evolution of the electric field stress inside the cores approximately matches experimental measurements. The cells have been redesigned to greatly reduce the field stresses along the outer radius.

*LSP is a software product of ATK Mission Research (www.lspsuite.net).

FOAA002 Technological Improvements in the DARHT II Accelerator Cells 169
  • B.A. Prichard, R.J. Briggs
    SAIC, Alamo, California
  • J. Barraza, M. Kang, K. Nielsen
    LANL, Los Alamos, New Mexico
  • F.M. Bieniosek, K. Chow, W.M. Fawley, E. Henestroza, L. R. Reginato, W. Waldron
    LBNL, Berkeley, California
  • T.E. Genoni, T.P. Hughes
    ATK-MR, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  Funding: This work was supported by the U.S. National Nuclear Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy under contract W-7405-ENG-36.

DARHT employs two perpendicular electron Linear Induction Accelerators to produce intense, bremsstrahlung x-ray pulses for flash radiography. The second axis, DARHT II, features an 18 MeV, 2-kA, 2-microsecond accelerator. DARHT II accelerator cells have undergone a series of test and modeling efforts to fully understand their sub par performance. These R&D efforts have led to a better understanding of Linear Induction Accelerator physics for the unique DARHT II design. Specific improvements have been identified and tested. Improvements in the cell oil region, the cell vacuum region, and the PFNs have been implemented in the prototype units that have doubled the cell’s performance. A series of prototype acceptance test are underway on a number of prototype units to demonstrate that the required cell lifetime is met at the improved performance levels. Early acceptance tests indicate that the lifetime requirements are being exceeded. The shortcomings of the previous design are summarized. The improvements to the original design, their resultant improvement in performance, and various test results are included. The final acceptance test results will also be included.