E & M 341 spring project: Modeling Railguns with John Loree and Elias Kim

Railguns are some of the most powerful weapons currently in production. However, along with being incredibly powerful, they are ideal for civilian use in aerospace engineering, or transportation. Elias Kim and I plan to build, model, and explore the physics behind these impressive devices, modeling the system with Mathematica. We plan to split the project into two parts, one individual modeling the circuitry of the railgun, and the other modeling the inductance and forces upon the railgun in matter, then combining our work to produce equations of motion. Additionally, we intend to build a small scale railgun, test-fire it, and compare its actual efficiency to the model generated earlier in the project.

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