Available student project - Design a rail gun to operate in vacuum producing a force of 1mN

Research fields

  • Engineering in Physics
  • Astrophysics

Project details

Rail guns have been demonstrated recently that can accelerate small (less than 1kG) projectiles to velocities approaching 3 kilometres per second. Unfortunately this requires currents of mega-amperes and there are considerable problems with the friction of the projectile travelling along the rails. This project will test a small system capable of producing a force of 1milli-Newton in a vacuum system of 1 metre in length. 

Project suitability

This research project can be tailored to suit students of the following type(s)
  • 3rd year special project
  • PhB (1st year)
  • PhB (2nd or 3rd year)
  • Honours project
  • Phd or Masters
  • Vacation scholar

Contact supervisor

Boswell, Roderick profile

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