Prime / Pulsed Power

The pulsed power and prime power algorithms are driven by two parameters:
average power and repetition rate (which together also define the energy
per pulse). The repetition rate selects the switching technologies
available to the system – for instance, repetition rates above 150 Hz
suggest that magnetic and thyratron switches should be used in the
modulators. Another consideration, especially for prime power, is the
platform envisioned for the system. Air-based systems require higher
technology components to achieve the size and weight requirements while
ground based systems can use more conventional systems to generate the
power. From the energy per pulse, average power, and technologies
suggested by the application, algorithms are used to perform first level
system designs to deliver the proper energy, pulse length, and impedance to
the source. From this design, the size and weight of each element can be
predicted and then summed to predict system physical parameters.

Prime pulsed figure 1


Prime pulsed figure 2