Faculty Advisor

Emanuel, Alexander E.


This report presents the design and control of a 3-stage capacitor-driven inductive coil gun. A computer model is developed for simulation, prediction and optimization. This model provides launch simulation as well as the electrical transient state of the coil gun by means of equivalent circuit equations. The circuitry of the launcher is developed to charge and fire each stage sequentially. A hybrid computer system is implemented to control the launcher maneuvering the features a user interface and a velocity meter.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2001


Electrical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor Program

Electrical and Computer Engineering