Overview of Pulsed Alternators

Shaopeng Wu, Weiduo Zhao, Shaofei Wang, Shumei Cui

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The pulsed alternator (PA), a kinetic energy pulsed power supply, has been developed during the past four decades for application to the electromagnetic launchers. The principles and characteristics of PAs, including topologies, compensation type, and operation mode are described here. The development history of PAs is introduced with a description of the research prototypes that have been developed. Technical improvements have occurred during the development of each generation of PAs. Three basic design aspects, electromagnetic, thermal, and structural design of PAs are presented. The challenges and prospects for PAs are presented, concluding with future trends.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7935427
Pages (from-to)1078-1085
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017


  • Compulsator
  • electromagnetic launch
  • kinetic energy
  • pulsed alternator (PA)
  • pulsed power supply

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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