PA-I
Pulse Accelerator 1


PA-1

 Status: Completed, destroyed, and recycled (2007)

This is the first in the PA Design series of coil guns. Statics are based on ballistic measurements. The design was a week long project and was made with little knowledge of electronics. It has since been destroyed and recycled into the subsequent coilguns.

 STATS:

  • General:
    • Designation: PA-1
    • Name: Pulse Accelerator I
    • Stages: 1
    • Design Type: HandGun
    • Loading Type: Breach Loaded
    • Switching Type: 24V Relay
    • Charging-4 AA (3V Total)
    • Relay-4 9V (9V Total)
    • Charger Type: 2 Camera Circuits (Kodak Blue)
  • Coil Description:
    • Coil Design: 8 Layer, 30 mm Length
  • Capacitors:
    • Capacitance: 960 uF
    • Voltage: 350 VDC
  • Projectile:
    • Projectile Type: Sharpened Steel Nail (Not Standardized)
    • Diameter: 6.8 mm
    • Length: 30 mm
    • Mass: 7 g
  • Measured:
    • Exit Velocity: 23 m/s
    • Fire Rate: 2RPM 
  • Calculated:
    • Stored Energy: 59 J
    • Kinetic Energy:  1.8J
    • Weapon Efficiency: 3 %
    • Momentum: .16 kg*m/s
    • Charger Power (New Batteries): 2W

 Resulting Improvements Needed:

  • Faster Load Time (<5 sec)
  • Better Power Source Utilization
  • System Optimization
    • Velocity
    • Efficiency
  • Closer Projectile/Coil proximity
  • Autoloader/Magazine Integration