Faculty Advisor

Emanuel, Alexander E.


A model for an electromagnetic linear accelerator is developed and simulated. The goal of this work is to optimize the launcher's components. Namely, for a given amount of stored energy, the best geometries of the launch ring and the excitation coils are determined such that the greatest amount of velocity is achieved. Comparisons between experiments performed on an actual device and results from the simulation show strong correlation in only one of the three cases considered. Nonetheless, the simulation provides useful information on the behavior of the launcher.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2000


Electrical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering