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Gauss Gun, physics, science Forum
Our popular Gauss Gun product generates a great deal of comments and speculation. This forum is to facilate that and other topics of physics and science.
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Re: Gauss Gun
by tomh on Sun, Dec 3rd, 2000 01:02:03 UTC
I don't really know where this stuff stands anymore. The thing to remember is if you heard about it, it's probably old. If it's not old, then you heard about it because it probably doesn't work very well. If it works well and its new, don't count on hearing about it until its old - :) But, remember in all of these that they are not free energy machines. The amount of energy released in a .22 cartidge is probably on the order of a Kilojoule, but I would invite comment from a physics expert here. That's a pretty damn big electrical energy device (like a capacitor) compared to the size of a .22 cartridge. Energy storage technologies are the thing to really keep your eyes on because this gives us clues about what the big boys may be doing.

    Re: Gauss Gun
    by zhiwong on Mon, Dec 4th, 2000 07:01:04 UTC
    A friend of mine told me that the military had recently succeeded in making a practical gauss gun. The weapon is supposed to be capable of downing aircraft from the ground. He also told me that video of test fires of the weapon is available online but I don't know where. As for the mass driver, I don't know what happened to earlier efforts, but nasa is funding to conduct a preliminary study to see if a mag-lev driver to space is feasible. This is a somewhat recent development. Check out Scientific American's website for information on this. Search for "halbach array train". The article is from ~1-2 years ago.

      Re: Gauss Gun
      by cerberus on Thu, Nov 2nd, 2000 01:02:00 UTC
      Ive only briefly looked into the rail gun problem, however there seems to be some tremendous problems with using it as a method of launching satellites into space... As it stands the currents produced for a small projectile such as 1 pound are trmendous, (I believe in the thousands of amps), the rails required are substantially long and then there is a massive problem of the payload withstanding the acceleration... think about it... take for example a 2 kg projectile, 4 km/s muzzle velocity, 6 m rail length. Your looking at an acceleration of 1333 km/s^2 which is 136020 G!!!!
      You tell me any non-extremely dense/strong material that can withstand that kind of G such as a functioning satellite... assuming you could overcome the power/welding and other problems involved and the satellite was somehow encased and protected from the extreme magnetic fields created, by the time it got into orbit you'd be left with a pancake for a satellite... anyway I dont know anything about orbital velocities so It may be considerably less though I believe it to be more... However as an anti-aircraft gun I believe the high velocities would provide tremendous accuracies and damage for small (non functioning/sensetive), strong projectiles...

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